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.
Earl Grey Tower
I had read about Earl Grey Tower in many walking books of Derbyshire and I had wanted to visit the tower many times, but time has never given me this chance. Today I had this opportunity and all I could do was sit in awe of a sight of this once great tower. Read more
When Rembrandt Harmenszoon Van Rijn came into the world, the United Provinces (present-day Netherlands) had not yet succeeded in freeing themselves from the tutelage of the kings of the House of Austria, a situation which they did not reach until 1648, when they succeeded in creating a rather peculiar independent republic. Read more
Vermeer De Delft (1632-1675)
Vermeer De Delft was a Flemish artist who painted women who read letters, make music, weigh gold, who conversed gallantly with gentlemen; Women who wrote, played the lute, take care of children, spun, and made lace bobbin.
Shunga, The Japanese Erotic Art of the XVII and XVIII Centuries
Shunga engravings are a kind of ukiyo-e (woodcut prints) produced in Japan during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The word shunga means spring image, euphemism used to refer to sexual intercourse. The culmination of these erotic Japanese illustrations is in the Edo period (17th-19th century) and used as a sexual guide for the sons and daughters of families who could afford these scrolls. The Japanese kept these illustrations next to the couple’s bridal furniture. Read more