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A Soiree of artists

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Bonjour mes chers,

If you could have a soiree with any artist, dead or alive, from any time period, who would you have?

After writing my blog post yesterday on Auguste Rodin, I started to think deeper about the question. So I started listing, this is my list for now but as the years go by it may change as I get more knowledge and learn about new artists.

All the artists on this list are here because they inspire me. I have huge amounts of respect and admiration for them. All these artists have one thing in common and that is their passion for everything. It is embedded in their work, the relationships they had, their friendships and the legacy they left behind.

The evening would consist of food from around the world, Wine (of course) and lively discussion in various languages.

In no particular order:

Auguste Rodin- Sculptor Born November 12th 1840

Auguste Rodin

Auguste Rodin: Sculptor. Born November 12 1840. French. Incredibly talented man. The thinker, The kiss. Yeah that’s him. Favourite quote: ” “The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live. Be a man before being an artist!”

coco_chanel

Coco Chanel- Photo By © Lipnitzki / Roger-Viollet

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel: Fashion Designer. Born August 19th 1883. French. Strong, wise, hardworking woman and style icon. Founder of the Chanel brand. Little black dress, yeah that’s her.  Favourite quote: “I don’t understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little – if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that’s the day she has a date with destiny. And it’s best to be as pretty as possible for destiny.”

Federico Garcia Lorca- http://boppin.com

Federico Garcia Lorca- http://boppin.com

Federico Garcia Lorca: Poet, Playwright, Composer. Born June 5th 1898. Spanish.  Known for the rural tragedies. Blood Wedding, Yerma, The house of bernarda Alba. Lorca wrote with vivid poetic detail. He wrote about love, death, passion, betrayal and honour. Favourite quote: In Spain, the dead are more alive than the dead of any other country in the world”

Pina Bausch- google images

Pina Bausch- Google images

Philippina “Pina” Bausch: Dancer, choreographer, former ballet director of Tanztheatre Wuppertal. Born July 27th 1940. German. Pina presented stunning, breathtaking work. She believed in using the elements and in an honest exchange between performer and audience member. Words are not enough to express, you have to experience Pina. Watch the documentary “Pina” Just do it.  Favourite quote: “To understand what I am saying, you have to believe that dance is something other than technique. We forget where the movements come from. They are born from life. When you create a new work, the point of departure must be contemporary life — not existing forms of dance.”

Pablo Picasso- pablopicasso.org

Pablo Picasso- pablopicasso.org

Pablo Picasso. Painter. Spanish. Born October 25 1881. A man of many talents from wooing the ladies, to paint, to mixed media. Picasso embraced the changes in his  life and used it to influence his body of work. His essence lives in his work. Favourite quote: “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”

Honourable Mention:

Henri-cartier Bresson

Edith Piaf

Yves Saint Laurent

Who would be on your list?

A la prochaine,

De moi pour toi

Auguste Rodin: The man behind the thinker and the kiss

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Bonsoir a tous

For some time I’ve been wanting to write about the legendary Rodin. I remember my first experience of Rodin, I was in the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and I saw it: the  famous sculpture called the thinker. It wasn’t the real thing but despite that I stared at that sculpture for a while. I questioned what is he thinking about? Was this a real man posing for Rodin? What was Rodin thinking about when he sculpted it? Was he thinking of anything at all? I have enormous respect for sculptors, the fact that they can create something with life-like detail out of something like marble or bronze, it feels as if the works of art are alive. I remember staring at sculptures, the fingers, the lines, the facial expressions, the clothing or lack of clothing. If you’ve ever seen an episode of “Doctor who” don’t blink. (mini inside joke between doctor fans ) It is impossible to talk about Rodin without mentioning the passionate relationship with his student Camille Claudel. She served as a muse and worked alongside him for various years before her decent into madness. The mystery behind Claudel is still pondered today with films and plays inspired by their relationship. Rodin’s trajectory is unique, including le baiser (the kiss) the gates of hell ( his unfinished work) mains des amants (Lovers hands and one of my personal favorites) Rodin can capture contrasting emotions of happiness and anguish. Passion and grace. If I could have a soiree with a group of artists from any period, Rodin would be in that list.  If your ever in Paris you should check out  Musee Rodin. It’s one thing to see pictures of his works  it’s another to stand before the sculpture itself. To know that you are witnessing a work of art that has been around probably longer than you have, that the artist’s essence is found within,  and that you are sharing a collective experience with those in the museum.

You can visit the museum’s website here

A la prochaine,

De moi pour toi