Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time. Just a little interesting fact to share at random moments.
Tragedy is a close-up. Comedy, a long shot. – Buster Keaton (1895 – 1866, American silent film actor & director)
René Gruau (1909-2004), born Renato Zavagli Ricciardelli delle Caminate (what a name!) was a fashion illustrator in the world of haute couture during the 1940s and 50s. His sophisticated style with the use of calligraphic elements, vivid colors, and bold strokes evoke a sense of theater and the influence of his timeless and often extravagant illustrations of fashion design can still be felt today.
Found on quoteslike.com From his classic The Great Gatsby Cover of the first edition, artwork by Francis Cugat / © Charles Scribner’s Sons Bewaren
Back in the seventies, even with the looming nuclear threat of the Cold War, the world seemed a more positive place than it is today. It was also a time when girls wore all colors of the rainbow as opposed to the ubiquitous Disney princess pink. In 1972 actress and social activist Marlo Thomas (with the help of many celebrities) put out the record Free to Be… You and Me, a collection of songs (and […]
In the twilight rain these brilliant-hued hibiscus A lovely sunset – Matsuo Bashō (Print by Kawase Hasui)
In 1883 American portrait painter John Singer Sargent painted socialite Virginie Gautreau who was known for her beauty. A year later at the Paris Salon, the work caused a scandal because of Gautreau’s provocative dress and her suggestive pose. Originally one of the straps fell off her shoulder, but due to the public’s reaction Sargent repainted the strap. The painting can be seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Song for today: […]
Hitchcock’s classic Rear Window (1954) remixed by jeffdesom.com Music: Hungarian Dance No. 5, composed by Johannes Brahms arranged by Hugo Winterhalter.
(Gif from Mon Oncle by Fray Mollo) The first time I saw the film Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot (1953) I realized where Rowan Atkinson got his inspiration for Mr. Bean. Monsieur Hulot is the clumsy alter ego of Jacques Tati (1907-82), the French filmmaker, actor and screenwriter. Born Jacques Tatischeff he enjoyed a long career writing, directing and starring in his own films, winning several awards, including a foreign film Oscar. Coming from a […]
Starting out as an extra in the early days of silent cinema Anna May Wong (Los Angeles, 1906) was one of the first Chinese-American actresses on the silver screen. She managed to land several roles but was often cast as the stereotypical Dragon Lady. Disillusioned about the discrimination she encountered she moved to Europe in 1928 where she became a sensation and worked with people like Marlene Dietrich. During the 1930s, she went back and […]