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"This is what it is to love an artist: The moon is always rising above your house. The houses of your neighbors look dull and lacking in moonlight. But he is always going away from you. Inside his head there is always something more beautiful."
- Sarah Ruhl, Eurydice (via awritersruminations)
Georges le Feure, The Absinthe Drinker
In Le buveur d’absinthe, a young man ponders the invisible near distance whilst in front of him sits a glass of absinthe. The powerful allure of this greenish liquor was almost mythical at the time. While many associated it with a life of debauchery and vice, many artists and poets of the nineteenth century were under the spell of the powerful green potion. Oscar Wilde once proclaimed ‘Absinthe has a wonderful colour, green. A glass of absinthe is as poetical as anything in the world. What difference is there between a glass of absinthe and a sunset?’. The intoxication and ill-effects of absinth consumption were depicted by artists such as Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh, Raffaelli and Beraud among others. Whilst novelists such as Emile Zola and the Goncourt brothers approached the subject by telling tales of working class women descending into alcoholism, de Feure’s placement of a glass of absinthe in front of his sitter clearly singles him out as an upper class dandy.
Georges de Feure was instrumental in the creation of the Art Nouveau style in France. A multi-talented, versatile and creative artist, his creations ranged from Symbolist paintings, lithographs and posters to Art Deco furniture, frames, carpets and glassware. He created ballets for Ravel and Debussy, designed theatrical costumes and stage sets and even constructed aeroplanes. (via)
"I thought of something I learned from reading crazy horse by mari sandoz. Crazy horse believes that he will be victorious in battle, but if he stops to take spoils from the battle field, he will be defeated. He tattoos lightening bolts on the ears of his horses so the sight of them will remind him of this as he rides."
- Just Kids, Patti Smith (via dearprufrock)