L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e ~ D o s t o ï e v s k i

L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e  ~  D o s t o ï e v s k i

Sunday, September 15, 2019

The emperor in a rocky landscape - Pu Yi, last emperor of China, circa early 1920s

The Emperor Pu Yi in front, his brother-in-law Rong Qi and brother Pujie standing at the top.

The above photograph is almost the one I've been looking for. My visual memory is really very strong, and there are a handful of images, first seen decades ago, that I still remember quite clearly and hope to see again; I'm constantly on the hunt. One of them I saw on the back of an old magazine - Life or Look or some such - maybe thirty years ago and showed China's last emperor, the teen-aged Pu Yi, and a group of other young boys standing, backlit, on an artfully arranged hill of rocks, the gauzy, misty light filtering through the tree above them. So, very similar to this. But, as I remember it, the tree was directly behind them. And the bit of roof wasn't showing. Am I remembering it wrong, or was it another shot taken that same day but from a different angle? Hmm.... I love this image, too, but I don't think I'm quite ready to call off the search.

Pu Yi with Pujie, Rong Qi, and Sir Reginald Johnston, Pu Yi's English teacher, adviser, and father figure.
Pu Yi with Pujie, Rong Qi, and Sir Reginald Johnston.
Pu Yi with Pujie, Rong Qi, and Sir Reginald Johnston
Pu Yi with Pujie and Rong Qi. Pujie was Pu Yi's younger brother, and Rong Qi was the half-brother of Pu Yi's first wife, Wanrong.

Proclaimed emperor at the age of two, deposed at the age of six, Pu Yi remained in the Forbidden City, rarely leaving until, the result of another coup, he was expelled in 1924 at the age of eighteen. I believe that all of these images were taken in that vast complex of palaces and gardens.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Sus hijos a caballo - equestrian portraits of his children, by Joaquín Bástida y Sorolla

Elena y María, con trajes valencianos antiguos, 1908. The artist's two daughters.
Grupa Valenciana - the artist's children, Joaquín and María, dressed in traditional Valencian costume, 1906.


Painter Julio Vila y Prades was an assistant in Sorolla's workshop from 1893 to 1904. I don't know whether he painted this cropped version of the same 1908 composition of Sorollo's children at the same time as his fellow artist or as a later copy. 

Elena y María, hijas de Joaquín Sorolla con trajes valencianos, by Julio Vila y Prades, circa 1908.

Julio Vila y Prades (9 April 1873, Valencia - 9 July 1930, Barcelona), Spanish painter and muralist who also worked throughout Latin America.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Randomly XV

The comtesse de Bellefonds, by Jean-Hégésippe Vetter, 1849.
Jeune femme à l'éventail, by Boleslaw von Szankowski, circa first quarter of the twentieth century.
Prince Władysław Sigismund Vasa, by Jakob Troschel, circa 1605. The subject was about ten years old.
Jeanne-Victoire-Henriette de Montaud de Navailles, vicomtesse de Saint-Martin d’Arberonne, baronne d’Assat et de Mirepeix, duchesse d'Aiguillon,
by Adélaïde Labille-Guiard, 1790.
Original artwork for an advertisement for Wilson & Co, a Chicago-based meatpacker, circa 1940s.
Ganymede, by Edward Peter Stroehling, 1801.
Emilie Feustell, by Johann Christian Ludwig Tunica, circa 1830s.
Count Roger Alexandre Guy Colonna-Walewski, by Edgar Maxence, 1917. The subject was ten years old.
The Ship's Cat, Sydney, by Harold Cazneaux, circa 1912.
Self-portrait with his wife, František Kupka, 1908.
Pierre et Valentine (the artist's children), by André Victor Edouard Devambez, circa mid-1920s.
 Empress Anna Ioannovna, by Louis Caravaque, 1730.
 Lascivia, by Abraham Janssens Van Nuyssen, circa 1615-1623. 
Lucky Strike advertisement with John Gilbert, 1929.
German submarine sailor, first name "Heribert", from a postcard dated 1943.
El amor Divino y el amor profano, by José de Madrazo y Agudo, 1813.
Portrait of a lady, by August Alexius Canzi, 1835.
Jerry Sullivan, by the Athletic Model Guild, circa early 1960s. (Three images.)
Two designs for theatrical costumes, circa late 1770s.
Hector exhortant Pâris et Hélène, by Amable-Paul Coutan, 1820.
 Interior with Poppies and reading Woman (Lizzy Hohlenberg), by Anna Ancher, 1905.
 Archduchess Hedwig (Hedwig Maria Immakulata Michaela Ignatia) of Austria-Tuscany by György Vastagh, 1898. A granddaughter of Emperor Franz Josef.
Etelka Benczúr - the artist's sister, by Gyula Benczúr, 1868.
Cabinet photo, Oran, Algeria, by Paul Craveya, circa late nineteenth century.  Courtesy Ralf De Jonge.
Yekaterina Nikolayevna Volotskaya, née Zubova, by Gavriil Yakovlev, circa 1856-58.
Allegory of the Day, by Jan Van den Hoecke, circa 1645-55.
Robert Lynen and Arletty in Le petit chose, directed by Maurice Cloche, 1938.
La Générale Boudet et de ses deux enfants se tenant devant la buste du général, by Jean-Jacques Lagrenée, 1814.
Actress Isla Bevan holds a Floradora Goose at the forty-first Annual Poultry Show, Madison Square Garden, 1930.
La mariée, finale from the Christian Lacroix Fall/Winter collection, 2002.
Gustave Caillebotte and his dog Bergère, Place du Caroussel, Paris, photograph by his brother Martial Caillebotte, 1892.