Saturday, November 24, 2007

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Art from Bali

Walter Spies - Preangerlandschaft

Walter Spies - Road on Bali

Wilem Hofker - Village Life in Sanur

Roger San Miguel - A Midsummer's Night dream in Bali

"In the 1920s, with the arrival of many western artists, Bali became an artist enclave (as Tahiti was for Paul Gauguin) for avant-garde artists such as Walter Spies (German), Rudolf Bonnet (Dutch), Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur (Belgian), Arie Smit (Dutch) and Donald Friend (Australian) in more recent years." - Balinese art - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Saturday, November 17, 2007

Picasso and boys

Two Brothers
Actor and Child

Acrobat with Ball

Boy with Pipe

Picasso had a sexual relationship with the gay French poet Max Jacob. This lasted 3 years and ended in 1906.

“Oh, Picasso was absolutely having sex with Max Jacob. And everyone knew!” says John Richardson, author of A life of Picasso. (page 2 (love?) )

Brett Masters, Princeton Class of 2008, Winner of the Quin Morton Essay Prize, wrote (Picasso: Sa Vie en Rose ):

"Boy with a Pipe is undeniably provocative, raising questions both about Picasso’s sexuality and his relationships with children. In it, the artist depicts a lanky and vaguely feminized adolescent boy holding an opium pipe. The boy is clearly intoxicated and his pose is sexually suggestive: his legs are spread, his groin, prominent. The homoeroticism at work in the painting seems to suggest homosexual or even pedophilic desires.

"Moreover, a look at Picasso’s oeuvre reveals that Boy with a Pipe is only one of a series of works from 1905 and 1906, on the hinge of his blue and rose periods, which depict effeminized, almost androgynous, adolescent males in vaguely sexual positions. Upon closer inspection, each figure appears in fact to be only a different rendering of the same boy, compelling us to wonder if Picasso, a renowned philanderer, was not also a pedophile...

John Richardson, in A Life of Picasso, says the boy is P’tit’ Louis.

Louis regularly visited Picasso's Bateau Lavoir studio in Paris.

Picasso said Louis “stayed there, sometimes the whole day. He watched me work. He loved that. And he died in the prime of his delinquent life.”

Richardson says that “Picasso was fascinated by the idea of androgynous youth.”

Richardson thinks that the inspiration for Boy with a Pipe was an erotic poem Verlaine wrote about Rimbaud. This poem, Crimen Amoris, refers to an adolescent “evil angel” wearing a halo of flowers. Richardson suggests a link to Picasso’s own relationship with “P’tit Louis”.


Agnolo Bronzino

Bronzino - Detail from The deposition of Christ

Bronzino - Palazzo Vechio, Florence

Bronzino - Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time

Bronzino - Portrait of a Young man

Pontormo - Joseph in Egypt

Agnolo Bronzino was a 16th century Florentine artist and poet who became court painter to Cosimo de Medici.

In Jacopo Pontormo's painting Joseph in Egypt, the boy with the dark cloak and brown tunic, sitting on the first step of the stairs, is Agnolo Bronzino.

Bronzino was the adopted son of Jacopo Pontormo and scholars believe that Pontormo and Bronzino were lovers.

Bronzino adopted one of his own pupils, Alessandro Allori, as his son.

According to Michael Cornelius, "In sixteenth-century Florence, this type of arrangement often signaled a sexual relationship between two men; an older man adopting his younger lover was quite common." arts >> Bronzino, Agnolo

Bronzino's poetry "contains homoerotic references and allusions."

Bronzino's painting Venus, Cupid, Folly, and Time (ca 1540-1545) "conveys strong feelings of eroticism under the pretext of a moralizing allegory." - WebMuseum: Bronzino, Agnolo

Michael Cornelius writes: "There is an undeniable homoerotic subtext to several of Bronzino's famous portraits, including Portrait of a Young Man (ca 1535-1540)... parts of the young man's garb, especially his ring and sash, may act as symbols suggesting his sexuality." arts >> Bronzino, Agnolo


Thursday, November 08, 2007


Bernard Faucon, the French photographer, was born in Apt, in Provence, southern France.

He graduated in Philosophy from the Sorbonne in 1973.

'His photographic work has a love of youth and dreamy beauty, using saturated colour, natural settings, rooms and often tableaux of mannequins.' Bernard Faucon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

He has won numerous awards from his work, including the Grand Prix National (1989), and the Prix Leonard de Vinci (1991).

Le site officiel de Bernard Faucon

Bernard Faucon Festival in Moscow

Holden Luntz Gallery: Faucon portfolio

Joseph Geraci Rare Books & Vintage Photographs: Home Page