13.07.2017 PWT 28-2017 Bal Masqué chez le comte Waleski – Masquerade at Waleski’s

Der Teufel steckt im Detail


Le Charme Discret de la Dictature

“ … Toute l’armée a voté comme un seul homme pour Bonaparte.

Au Champ-de-Mars, on a transporté beaucoup de prisonniers et on les a fusillés par pelotons.
11 y a encore beaucoup de récalcitrants parmi les personnes dont les noms ont été publiés comme faisant partie de la commission consultative. — Mais ils ont beau protester — déclare Morny — nous avons besoin de leurs noms et nous en faisons usage. C’est indispensable pour les provinces, par conséquent ils resteront sur la liste, ils y figureront malgré eux.

Cependant les gens raisonnables et tout le Faubourg-Saint-Germain, qui ne l’a pas toujours été, comptent marcher avec le Pouvoir. J’ai dîné hier chez Lutteroth qui n’est pas non plus pour les personnes, mais qui est pour la chose, et il faut être fou ou conspirateur orléaniste pour être d’un autre avis.

Au reste, le Président est bien décidé à ne rien écouter et à marcher de l’avant…

 

Epilogue, mars 1871

“Un des derniers jours du mois de mars, nous étions cinq ou six attablés devant le café Riche, à regarder défiler les bataillons de la Commune. On ne se battait pas encore, mais on avait déjà assassiné rue des Rosiers, place Vendôme, à la préfecture de police. La farce tournait au tragique, et le boulevard ne riait plus.

Serrés autour du drapeau rouge, la musette de toile en sautoir, les communaux marchaient d’un pas résolu dans toute la largeur de la chaussée, et de voir ce peuple en armes, si loin des quartiers du travail, ces cartouchières serrées autour des blouses de laine, ces mains d’ouvriers crispées sur les crosses des fusils, on pensait aux ateliers vides, aux usines abandonnées…

Rien que ce défilé ressemblait à une menace. Nous le comprenions tous, et les mêmes pressentiments tristes, mal définis, nous serraient le cœur.

A ce moment, un grand cocodès indolent et bouffi, bien connu de Tortoni à la Madeleine, s’approcha de notre table. C’était un des plus tristes échantillons de l’élégant du dernier Empire, mais un élégant de seconde main qui n’a jamais fait que ramasser sur le boulevard toutes les originalités de la haute gandinerie, se décolletant comme Lutteroth, portant des peignoirs de femme comme Mouchy, des bracelets comme Narishkine, gardant pendant cinq ans sur sa cheminée une carte de Grammont-Caderousse ; avec cela maquillé comme un vieux cabot, le parler avachi du Directoire : — Pa’ole d’honneu’… Bonjou’ ma’ame », tout le crottin du Tattershall à ses bottes, et juste assez de littérature pour signer son nom sur les glaces du café Anglais, ce qui ne l’empêchait pas de se donner pour très fort en théologie et de promener d’un cabaret à l’autre cet air dédaigneux, fatigué, revenu de tout, qui était le suprême chic d’alors.”

(Alphonse Daudet, Souvenirs d’un homme de lettres, 1889)

PWT 28-2017 Le Diable se cache dans les details

29.06.2017 Thursday 29 June. PWT 26-2017 Moscow in the Time of Alexandre Dumas & Theophile Gautier (For the pleasure of 2017 Kolomna symposium attendees)

As Theophile Gautier told, Moscow was then « a total surprise for visitors, painters or daguerrerian artists had produced scarce images ». Ferdinand Bureau deserves a special attention, his photographs are among the very first representations of Moscow, only a few years after Roger Fenton’s.

We still do not know if Ferdinand Bureau (1813-1893) is a relative of the French Bureau family of photographers: Stanislas Victor Bureau (1806-1888), Victor Stanislas Bureau (1833-unkn.), Palmyre Stanislas dit Léon Bureau (1838-unkn.), Jean-Albert Dumaine. A fashionable newspaper relates that Ferdinand angaged and married in Moscow Xaverine-Henriette-Octavie, daughter of colonel St-Sclair, of Scottish origin).

PWT 26-2017 Changing Places Moscow in the 1850s

 

15.06.2017 PWT 24-2017 The Book of Elie (Manuel Alvarez Bravo illustrating Elie Faure’s Réflexions sur l’Art Mexicain)

On July 9, 1931, Élie Faure embarked in Le Havre for an eight-month tour of the globe as part of a mission co-funded by the French Ministry of Public Instruction and the Mexican Ministry of Education.

This trip was an occasion for him to give lectures on art, but also to come into contact with the cultures of the many countries where the shipment stops: The United States, Mexico, Japan, Korea, China, Indochina and India, returning to France via Palestine and Egypt.

On the occasion of this expedition, Élie Faure sent weekly reports to Le Petit Parisien on his travels. Thirteen accounts were published for publication in the newspaper, published in full in 1932 under the title Mon Périple.

PWT 24-2017 Manuel Alvarez Bravo

08.06.2017 PWT 23-2017: Young Nichols was sent to Dakota Territories to draw sketches « en plein air « 

 

Artists have long painted outdoors, but in the mid-19th century, working in natural light became particularly important to the Barbizon school, Hudson River School, and Impressionists.
The popularity of painting en plein air increased in the 1840s with the introduction of paints in tubes (like those for toothpaste).
Young Nichols was sent on trip to Dakota Territories by Century Magazine during Fall of 1886 to draw sketches en plein air of the Sioux tribes.

Harley DeWitt Nichols (1859-1939)

Born in the small rural Wisconsin town of Barton, Harley lived a peripatetic life. As a young child, he accompanied his family to Lincoln, Nebraska where he found great excitement in the roaming herds of buffalo and Native Americans. It was in these years that a talent for drawing was discovered.
In 1870, after several years of hardship, his father moved the family back to Wisconsin and at the age of 11 Harley became a water boy for the railroad line being built from Milwaukee to his birthplace of Barton.  When his family moved next to the First Ward in Milwaukee, he remained with his grandparents in Barton paying board despite his meager earnings.
Eventually he moved to join his family and began school at the First Ward schoolhouse. At this time he was employed by a “third class” wood engraver. That led to an apprenticeship with the Milwaukee firm Marr & Richards, where he worked for three years drawing on wood. This would have led to a position as an engraver, but during his apprenticeship Nichols realized that drawing, rather than engraving, was where his true talent lay…

 

PWT 23-2017 Dakota Sketchbook

01.06.2017 PWT 22-2017… WITH SUCH A GRAY SKY THAT A CLOUD HUNG ITSELF (AVEC UN CIEL SI GRIS QU’UN NUAGE S’EST PENDU …)

Mirjam and Willi were two young Swiss students from Basel Neighborhood who traveled Europe just after the end of the war, studying architecture, listening to Le Corbusier in Paris and participating to the Reconstruction Era. After the tragic death of Willi Menzi, circa 1954, Mirjam Schwarz interupted her drawing diaries. She married later architect Gorges Kinzel (1916-2000), the generous and altruist couple gave most of their collections and assets to Basel Kunstmuseum.

PWT 22-2017 Gray on Gray. Un Nuage s’est pendu

Continuer la lecture de « 01.06.2017 PWT 22-2017… WITH SUCH A GRAY SKY THAT A CLOUD HUNG ITSELF (AVEC UN CIEL SI GRIS QU’UN NUAGE S’EST PENDU …) »

25.05.2017 PWT 21-2017 CHANGING PLACES: SAN FRANCISCO 1877

1876, Three Mexican candidates run for presidency in the elections without gaining majority. In the turmoil which succeeds, Porfirio Diaz takes the power, and the two unfortunate competitors, Lerdo de Tejada and José María Iglesias, sail in exile to the United States

After a few weeks in power in November 1876, José Maria Iglesias went to San Francisco in January 1877with a group of Mexican Politicians who where members of his “shadow” cabinet, including Guillermo Prieto who published a relation of the USA trip. Thanks to this lively travel book, no less than 1500 pages of anecdots on hotel, food, women, theaters, we have an evocation of the United States in the very first years of the Cantral Pacific railroad making easy to travel from San Francisco to Cincinnati, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphy, Baltimore, Washington and San Antonio.

PWT 21-2017 San Francisco 1877

18.05.2017 PWT 20-2017 Gray on Gray … Reappearance of an Artist

Who can be this Missing Post-Impressionist and Pointillist French Painter ? ii
Weekly Cartoon by Théophile: Ghost of Louis Hayet iii
A Clue in Two Letters from Theo to Vincent Van Gogh 1-2
Is it “the dream of any art lover, like a gold seeker facing an unknown mine” ? 3-9
Epilogue, 1894: “Arrestation de l’Anarchiste du Ministère“ Félix Fénéon (French text) 10-13
Epilogue, 1918: White on White or Thirty years later, Kazimir Malevich 14-15

 

Who can be this post-impressionist and pointillist French painter, born in 1864 in a poor French family, who happened to meet the Pissarros, father and son when painting along a river?
Who grew up and developed his theory in the rising shadow of the Eiffel Tower?
Who could have been so upset by the quarrels of Bernard and Signac that he decided, after the disappearance of Seurat and the exile of Gauguin in the Pacific, to leave all the vanguards?
Who has had his best friend and art critic in prison for anarchism?

PWT 20-2017 Grey on Grey

11.05.2017 PWT N°19-2017 ROYAL AUDACE: BERTRAM PARK AND ANACREONTIC PHOTOGRAPHY

Bertram Charles Percival Park (1883-1972)

Bertram Park was a portrait photographer whose work included British and European royalty. His photographs were widely used on British postage stamps, currency, and other official documents in the 1930s, and the source for two paintings by Walter Sickert. For example, Park provided the photograph of George VI on which the 4d Southern Rhodesian stamp was based.
In 1910, Bertram Park was one of the founders of the London Salon of Photography. In 1916, Park married the photographer Yvonne Gregory (1889-1970) at Hampstead and she became one of his principal models. They produced together a number of photographic books of the female nude.

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PWT 19-2017 Royal Audace

Music ? Please click on link :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOuqOG46KTk

 (Gabriel Fauré: La Rose - Massimo Crispi, tenor & Antonio Ballista, piano)

04.05.2017 PWT 18-2017 Suspect, Suspicion of Counterfeiting: The Baldus Case

 

Edouard Baldus is known as a major photographer of the 19th century, one of the Famous Five who participated in the 1851 Mission héliographique in France. In 1994, Malcolm Daniel edited an impressive Baldus catalogue and biography, and Edouard became one of the very first photographers to have a scientific monography dedicated to his complete works.
Malcolm Daniel received a very curious message ten years later as he told in an article published in the blog of the Metropolitan Museum, New York :

PWT 18-2017 Baldus

13.04.2017 PWT 15-2017 Copy, Copy, Copyright: First Trials between Photographers, Mayer versus Franck

Copyright is a legal right created by the law of a country that grants the creator of an original work exclusive rights for its use and distribution. This is usually only for a limited time. The exclusive rights are not absolute but limited by limitations and exceptions to copyright law, including fair use. A major limitation on copyright is that copyright protects only the original expression of ideas, and not the underlying ideas themselves.

In France in 1863, in United States in 1883, in Italy in 1886, the court set precedent for photography to be legally included as a means of artistic and original expression.

 

PWT 15-2017 Copy Copy Copyright

30.03.2017 PWT 13-2017 Alfred, Eugène, Olympe, Émile, Gustave, Édouard, Désiré, Séraphin : Just Unearthed, the Pellechet Collection at Auction 24 April 2017

 

 

Chayette & Cheval will auction next 24 April the intact documentation library and photo collection of the French Architect Jules Pellechet (1829-1903).

Jules was the son of the architect Auguste Pellechet (1789-1871), and a former student of the École polytechnique and the École des Beaux-Arts (promotion of 1850, prof: Abel Blouet). Architect at large of the Artillery technical division in the French Ministry of War,  Jules Pellechet became a member of the French Society of Architects in 1869, and a Knight of the Legion of Honor in 1899.

« I have an atrocious hunger, and I finish my letter, kissing you all and you (her sister Marie Pellechet) in particular. Tell grandma that her 300 francs have been spent to buy photographs, which combined with my sketches, will provide me famous memories. Farewell then, I hope it is called mail reply by mail!” Rome, 30 January 1857.

 

PWT 13-2017 The Pellechet Collection

 

 

 

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23.03.2017 PWT 12-2017 FEAR OF THE DARK ? 1924: MEXICAN AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT

 

PWT 12-2017 Mexico by Night

 

Mexico in the 1920s, José Vasconcelos, the SEP, and the Seccion de Dibujos

José Vasconcelos returned to Mexico at the end of Revolution, during the interim presidency of Sonoran Adolfo de la Huerta, was named rector the National Autonomous University of Mexico (1920).He began implementing his vision of the function of the university : « I have not come to govern the University but to ask the University to work for the people. »

When Álvaro Obregón became president in 1920, he created the Secretariat of Public Education (SEP) in 1921 and named José Vasconcelos as its head. Under Obregón, the national budget had two key expeditures; the military was first, the second was education.

Creating the Secretariat entailed changing the Constitution of 1917, and in order to do that, Obregón’s government had to muster support from lawmakers. Vasconcelos traveled through Mexico while he was rector of the university seeking that support. The effort succeeded and Vasconcelos was named head of the new cabinet level secretariat in July 1921.

During his tenure at SEP he was in a powerful position to implement the vision of Mexico’s history, especially the Mexican Revolution.

 

PWT 12-2017 Mexico by Night

02.03.2017 PWT 09-2017 SCAPEGOATS: THINGS HIDDEN SINCE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD

contents:

The Théo Affair, France, February 2017        Weekly Cartoon by Théophile : Lynchage   The Burning of William Brown, Omaha, Nebraska, 1919 Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World (René Girard)  Publishing images can result in a heavy fine or even imprisonment in France  The victimization process as the origin of cultural forms (René Girard)    The  Scapegoat Supreme by Raphaël  


 

 

 

 

PWT 09-2017 Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World

16.02.2017 PWT 07-2017 MUNICH 1912, WHEN THE PATH BIFURCATES…

MUNICH 1912: KANDINSKY, DUCHAMP, HITLER

 

Der Blaue Reiter Almanach (The Blue Rider Almanac) was published in early 1912, by Piper, Munich, in an edition of 1100 copies. The volume was edited by Kandinsky and Marc…

In 1912, Marcel Duchamp spent three months in Munich, three months that were to radically change his art and turn him into one of the most influential artist of modernism. He is regarded as pioneer of conceptual art influencing numerous artists from Sol LeWitt to Ai Weiwei and still today continuously inspires new generations of artists…

When Guillaume Apollinaire asked for a photograph for his book “Les peintres cubistes”, a flattered Duchamp went round the corner to Heinrich Hoffmann’s photo studio (380 meters)…

Hitler painted his first self-portrait in 1910 at the age of 21. Samuel Morgenstern, an Austrian businessman and a business partner of the young Hitler in his Vienna period, bought many of the young Hitler’s paintings. According to Morgenstern, Hitler came to him for the first time in the beginning of the 1910s, either in 1911 or in 1912. When Hitler came to Morgenstern’s glazier store for the first time, he offered Morgenstern three of his paintings. Morgenstern kept a database of his clientele, through which it had been possible to locate the buyers of young Hitler’s paintings…

Although Goebbels and some others admired the Expressionist works of artists such as Emil Nolde, Ernst Barlach, and Erich Heckel, a faction led by Alfred Rosenberg despised the Expressionists, and the result was a bitter ideological dispute which was settled only in September 1934, when Hitler—who denounced modern art and its practitioners as « incompetents, cheats and madmen »— declared that there would be no place for modernist experimentation in the Reich… Hitler often blamed the Jewish-Bolshevist community for such and that they needed to be eliminated, even though there were only six Jewish artists out of the 112 included in the exhibit…

 

PWT 07-2017 Der Blaue Reiter