On my recent visit to Rome, quite by chance I stumbled on a magical doorway (so I thought). I had images of a bar, with sex orgies, demonic possession of Italian Virgins and occult sciences. Little did I know, I might have been on the right track to what the original doorway represented.
Salvador Dali Not just a painter
Throughout his career, Salvador Dalí detoured from the paintings he’s best-known for to experiment with new mediums, most famously with Louis Buñuel in Un Chien Andalou. Read more
Paintings of Cuno Amiet
Cuno Amiet (1868-1961) was born in Solothurn, Switzerland, the son of the historian and local archivist J. J. Amiet. At the age of 15 he was apprenticed to the Swiss realist painter Frank Buchser, a powerful personality, whose interest during the 1860s in the transcription of the effects of light, prefigured that of the Impressionists.
Dekotora, a truckers delight
I recently watched a 1970’s Dekotora movie called “Trucker” which stars the late great Bunta Sugawara as Momojiro Hoshi and Kinya Aikawa as Kinzo Matsushita, also known as “Jonathan.” If you have never watched this movie and your a trucker/lorry driver or enjoy something different than I reccomened this movie for several reasons. Read more
Yukio Mishima ‘Spring Snow’
After reading Yukio Mishima ‘Spring Snow’, I was inspired to write this short article on his birthday. Read more
Alejandro Jodorowsky, El Topo
Originally released in 1970, Alejandro Jodorowsky’s ‘El Topo’ quickly caught the imagination of movie audiences, becoming a landmark in independent film-making. The early screenings at New York’s Elgin Theater sparked the Midnight Movie phenomena, catalyzed by an endorsement from John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Read more
Alejandro Jodorowsky – The Holy Mountain
The scandal of the 1973 Cannes Film Festival, writer/director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s flood of sacrilegious imagery and existential symbolism in The Holy Mountain is a spiritual quest for enlightenment pitting illusion against truth. The Alchemist (Jodorowsky) assembles together a group of people from all walks of life to represent the planets in the solar system. Read more
Henri Matisse (Le Cateau, 1869 – Nice, 1954)
Henri Matisse was born and raised in the village of Bóhain-en-Vermandois, where his parents had a thriving trading business. He graduated in law in Paris in 1887 and until that moment he had shown no special interest in art. Back in his hometown he worked as a lawyer intern, but bored by the routine of the office began to attend drawing classes and perspectives at the School of Decorative Arts. Read more
During the Baroque painting era, Europe is plunged into continuous wars, the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation, which will not end until the independence of Holland, and the consolidation of monarchical absolutism, especially in the centre of the continent. Art will be the propaganda vehicle of both the Church of the Counter-Reformation, and of the absolutist states or of the Protestant bourgeoisie. It is a seductive art that appeals to the imagination, the sensuality and the dynamism, for which it uses of the compositional theatricality is depicted.