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, August 18, 2019

The fleet and vivid stroke - charcoal sketches by John Singer Sargent

John Edward Murray-Smith, 1911.
Michelle, Lady Poole, née Peveril Le Mesurier, 1913.
Thomas Whittemore, 1922.
Beatrice Alice Fielden, 1911.
Eugenia Huici Arguedas Errázuriz, 1905.
Alexander Henry Higginson, 1917.
Alice, Lady Lowther, neé Blight, circa 1905.
Eva Katherine Balfour, later Lady Buxton, 1911.
Quincy Adams Shaw, Jr., 1917.
Alice, Marchioness Of Salisbury, née Gore, 1923.
 Eric Spencer Fitzwilliam, 9th Earl Fitzwilliam, 1912.
Olga, Baroness de Meyer, née Caracciolo, 1907.
William George Simmonds, 1911.
Daisy (Mary Theresa Olivia), Princess of Pless, née Cornwallis-West, 1913.
Crescenzo Fusciardi (model), circa 1890-1915.
Daisy, Mrs Reginald Fellowes, née Marguerite Séverine Philippine Decazes de Glücksberg, circa 1915-20.
Kermit Roosevelt, 1917.
Miss Susan Strong, 1903. (Miss Strong was an operatic soprano.)
John Barrymore, 1923.
Violet, Countess of Powis, Baroness Darcy de Knayth, née Lane-Fox, 1912.
Robert Gould Shaw III, 1923.
"Study of a Boy", for the "Israel and the Law" mural in the Boston Public Library, circa 1895-1916.
Evelyn Bligh St. George, 1915.
Rosemary, Viscountess Ednam, née Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, 1919.
Harold Irving Pratt, Jr., 1924.
 Lady Elsie Meyer, later Lady Lambert, 1908.
Grace, Mrs. Horace Webber, née Pinder,1911.
Percy Grainger, circa 1908.
Maria Suzanna Nelke, née Conrad, 1912.
Emilio Bassi (model), circa 1910-20.
Ernest Schelling, 1910.
The Hon. Clare Stuart-Wortley, 1923.
David Tennant, 1915.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Thank you!

Exactly a year ago, this week, our book finally went to print. It took a full four years to get to that point, but it was worth it. We're very grateful that it turned out so beautifully and that it's had such an enthusiastic reception; it's been far more successful than we could have even hoped. So to say thank you and to celebrate our anniversary, for the next few weeks The Untold Gaze will be available at my website for a special price. We're also offering free domestic shipping; together, that'll be $20 less than the usual price! (We also have a very discounted rate for international shipping.)

Visit my website here for more information and links, or click on the image of the book cover at right.

Thank you again to everyone for such a great year!

Friday, August 16, 2019

A king's priorities - portraits of Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor

Alonso Sánchez Coello, 1567. Archduke Rudolf was then fifteen years old.
Martino Rota, circa 1570s.
Martino Rota, 1580.
Circle of Frans Pourbus the Youger, circa 1580s.
 Joseph Heintz the Elder, 1594.
Studio of Hans von Aachen, circa 1590s.
Circle of Hans von Aachen, circa 1590s.
Hans von Aachen, circa 1590s.
Wax relief by Wenzel Maler, 1606.
As Vertumnus, by Guiseppe Arcimboldo, 1591. The Emperor was delighted with this whimsical portrait.


Rudolf II (18 July 1552, Vienna – 20 January 1612, Prague) was Holy Roman Emperor (1576–1612), King of Hungary and Croatia (as Rudolf I, 1572–1608), King of Bohemia (1575–1608/1611) and Archduke of Austria (1576–1608). A member of the House of Habsburg, he was withdrawn, depressive, intellectual, bisexual, distracted. The opening paragraph in his Wikipedia entry gets his place in history just about right:

Rudolf's legacy has traditionally been viewed in three ways: an ineffectual ruler whose mistakes led directly to the Thirty Years' War; a great and influential patron of Northern Mannerist art; and an intellectual devotee of occult arts and learning which helped seed what would be called the scientific revolution.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Painting your life - selected work of Lotte Laserstein

 Selbstporträt mit einer Katze, 1928.
 Der Motorradfahrer/Am Motorrad, 1929.
In meinem Atelier, 1928.
Mongole, circa 1927.
Russisches Mädchen, circa 1928.
Polly Tieck, 1929.
Mackie Messer, circa 1932. (With self-portrait.)
Gutsbesitzersohn, 1934.
Sitzende Frau mit roter Baskenmütze, 1931.
Im Gasthaus, 1927.
Im Gasthaus, circa 1927.
Liegendes Mädchen, circa 1931.
Rauchender Mann - Wilhelm Thiermann, circa 1930.
Ich und mein Modell, circa 1929-30.
Vor dem Spiegel, 1930-31.
Tennisspielerin, 1929.
 Frau Im Cafe - Lotte Fischler, 1939.
 Freifrau Alice Lagerbielke, 1938.
Traute Rose mit weißen Handschuhen, circa 1931.
 Weiblicher Rückenakt, circa 1931.
Anna Karger, circa 1933.
Anna Karger, circa early 1930s.
Junge mit Kasperpuppe - Wolfgang Karger, 1933.
Mädchen mit Katze, circa 1932-33.
Abend über Potsdam, 1930.
Morgentoilette, 1930.
Der spanische Kellner, 1958.
Dame in blau mit Schleierhut, circa 1939.
Russisches Mädchen mit Puderdose, 1928.
Selbstporträt im Atelier, circa 1927.
Kopf eines jungen Mannes, circa 1926.
Madeleine, circa early 1940s.
 Selbstporträt, circa late 1920s.


Posing with her painting Abend über Potsdam, circa 1930.

Lotte Laserstein (28 November 1898, Preussisch Holland, East Prussia – 21 January 1993, Kalmar, Sweden), German figurative painter and portrait artist. She is said to have declared at the age of eleven that she would never marry, but devote her life to painting. In 1921 she was one of the first female students admitted to the Berlin Academy, where she would study with the painter Erich Wolfsfeld; in her last two years at the academy she was his Atelier Meisterschal (star pupil.) She would be greatly influenced by the nineteenth century realists Adolph Menzel and Wilhelm Leibl, as well as the portraiture of Hans Holbein.

She won the Academy’s Gold Medal in 1925 and after leaving the school set up her own studio in Berlin. She exhibited during the late 1920s, and in 1931 she held her first solo exhibition in Berlin. In 1934, however, labelled under new Nazi racial laws as "three-quarters Jewish", she was barred from exhibiting in public, and in 1935 was forced to abandon her studio. Finally, in 1937, just as her work began to receive critical acclaim, with two paintings hung in that year's Paris Salon, she traveled to an exhibition of her work at the Galleri Modern in Stockholm... and never returned to Germany. She arranged to gain Swedish citizenship the following year through a marriage to a Swedish friend. After great effort, she was able to get her sister out of Germany, but her mother would die at Ravensbruck in 1943. Laserstein spent the rest of her long life in Sweden teaching and working as a portrait painter. Overshadowed for decades by new artistic trends, her early work was "rediscovered" to great acclaim during her last decade of her life. She died at the age of ninety-four.

Selbstporträt, 1950. (Her best known work, Abend über Potsdam, is in the background - reversed, as the artist would be working from a mirror.)