Tableau | Kees van Dongen (1913)

Kees van Dongen, Tableau (Augusta Preitinger, the artist's wife), 1913

"For all those who look with their ears, here is a completely naked woman.
You are prudish, but I tell you that our sexes are organs that are as amusing
as brains, and if the sex was found in the face, in place of the nose (which
could have happened), where would prudishness be then? Shamelessness is
really a virtue, like the lack of respect for many respectable things."

Kees van Dongen
- to critics of his painting Tableau (1913), depicting his naked wife.


The Flux of Opinions | Søren Kierkegaard (1938)

Peter Keetman, 1001 Faces, 1956

“No, like worldly contempt, worldly honor is a whirlpool, a play of confused forces,
an illusory moment in the flux of opinions. It is a sense-deception, as when a swarm
of insects at a distance seem to the eye like one body; a sense-deception, as when the
noise of the many at a distance seems to the ear like a single voice.”

 Søren Kierkegaard, Purity of Heart is to Will One Thing: 
Spiritual Preparation for the Office of Confession, 1938


The Book & the Movie: The Picture of Dorian Gray | Oscar Wilde, 1890 / Albert Lewin, 1945

^ The Picture of Dorian Gray was first published in the July 1890 issue of Lippincott's Monthly Magazine.         
                                                                                                                                  Albert Lewin, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) ^

“Some things are more precious because they don't last long.”

“Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. 
Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing.”

“The only horrible thing in the world is ennui.”

“The secret of remaining young is never to have an emotion that is unbecoming.”

“I am happy in my prison of passion”

“Genius lasts longer than beauty”

“We can have in life but one great experience at best, and the secret 
of life is to reproduce that experience as often as possible.”

“You know more than you think you know, just as you know less than you want to know.”

“When we are happy, we are always good, but when we are good, we are not always happy.”

“When one is in love, one always begins by deceiving one's self, and one 
always ends by deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.”

“I find him in the curves of certain lines, in the loveliness and subtleties of certain colours.”

“An artist should create beautiful things, but should put nothing of his own life into them.”

“It is a sad truth, but we have lost the faculty of giving lovely names to things. ”

“Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope.”

Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1890

The Picture of Dorian Gray, Ward Lock & Co 1891                      Original manuscript of the opening of chapter four, 1890

“I don't want to be at the mercy of my emotions. 
I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.”

“Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.”

“Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.”

“When I like people immensely I never tell their names to anyone.
 It is like surrendering a part of them. I have grown to love secrecy.”

“Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.”

“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.”

“The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.”

“I am tired of myself tonight. I should like to be somebody else.”

“He wanted to be where no one would know who he was. He wanted to escape from himself.”

“It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. 
The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible....”

“The reason we all like to think so well of others is that we are all 
afraid for ourselves. The basis of optimism is sheer terror.”

“I knew nothing but shadows and I thought them to be real.”

“Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover 
when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes.”

Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1890

The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
Director: Albert Lewin
Writers: Albert Lewin (screen play), Oscar Wilde ( novel )
Cinematography: Harry Stradling Sr.
Stars: George Sanders, Hurd Hatfield, Donna Reed

                                                                   Ivan Albright, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1943 ^

Ivan Le Lorraine Albright's famous painting of the decayed Dorian Gray - which took 
approximately one year to complete - is now owned by the Art Institute of Chicago, 
where it has been on display for many years. 

“The only artists I have ever known who are personally delightful are bad artists. 
Good artists exist simply in what they make, and consequently are perfectly 
uninteresting in what they are. A great poet, a really great poet, is the most unpoetical
 of all creatures. But inferior poets are absolutely fascinating. The worse their rhymes 
are, the more picturesque they look. The mere fact of having published a book of 
second-rate sonnets makes a man quite irresistible. He lives the poetry that he
 cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realize.”

“What of Art?
-It is a malady.
-An Illusion.
-The fashionable substitute for Belief.
--You are a sceptic.
-Never! Scepticism is the beginning of Faith.
--What are you?
-To define is to limit.”

UK Edition, 1960s                                                          Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“I am too fond of reading books to care to write them.”

“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”

“Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This
 is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these
 there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no 
such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. 
That is all.”

Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1890

Hurd Hatfield / The Picture of Dorian Gray, Albert Lewin (1945)


Constellations Drawings | Pablo Picasso (1924)

 Pablo Picasso, Constellations Drawings, 1924
 Pablo Picasso, Constellations Drawings, 1924
 Pablo Picasso, Constellations Drawings, 1924
 Pablo Picasso, Constellations Drawings, 1924
 Pablo Picasso, Constellations Drawings, 1924

The Constellations drawings are a series of sketches by Pablo Picasso drawn 
on sixteen pages of a notebook in 1924.

 “The splendor of the meridional sky . . . inspired Picasso to create his own constellations: 
ink dots connected by fine pen lines that turn the zodiac into guitars and mandolins and
 the crotchen-dotted staves of musical scores.”

John Richardson (art historian)
A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932


Void | Guillaume Apollinaire, 1912

Adam Belt, A Religious Experience, installation, 2012

"Without poets, without artists, men would soon weary of nature’s monotony.
The sublime idea men have of the universe would collapse with dizzying speed.
The order which we find in nature, and which is only an effect of art, would at
once vanish. Everything would break up in chaos. There would be no seasons,
no civilization, no thought, no humanity; even life would give way, and the
impotent void would reign everywhere."

Boxers | Paintings by Helmut Kolle (1925-1930)

Helmut Kolle, Boxers, 1930
Helmut Kolle, 1925-26                                                      Helmut Kolle, Boxer with Red Belt, 1930
 Helmut Kolle, 1925-1930                                                                              Helmut Kolle, Young boxer (self portrait), 1925

Helmut Kolle (1899 – 1931) was a German painter who found major success in France in the 1920s.

The Road Not Taken | Robert Frost, 1916

Hasegawa Tohaku, Maple, 1592

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken, 1916 

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