dimanche 29 avril 2012

James Joyce - Ulysses (1922)

James Joyce 1882-1941 -  Ulysses (1922)

 “Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed.” This is the classic third-person opening to the 20th-century novel that has shaped modern fiction, pro and anti, for almost a hundred years. As a sentence, it is possibly outdone by the strange and lyrical beginning of Joyce’s final and even more experimental novel, Finnegans Wake: “riverrun, past Eve and Adam’s, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs.” 

Philippe Sollers   - Joyce,toujours

 James Joyce. Lettres à Nora

James Joyce's dirty letters to Nora

Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice (1813)

Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice (1813)

 Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice (1813)

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” The one everyone knows (and quotes). Parodied, spoofed, and misremembered, Austen’s celebrated zinger remains the archetypal First Line for an archetypal tale. Only Dickens comes close, with the beginning of A Tale of Two Cities: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light etc…”

Robert Louis Stevenson - Treasure Island (1883)

Robert Louis Stevenson  - Treasure Island (1883)

 Robert Louis Stevenson - Treasure Island (1883)

“Squire Trelawnay, Dr Livesey, and the rest of these gentlemen having asked me to write down the whole particulars about Treasure Island, from the beginning to the end, keeping nothing back but the bearings of the island, and that only because there is still treasure not yet lifted, I take up my pen in the year of grace 17-- and go back to the time when my father kept the Admiral Benbow inn and the brown old seaman with the sabre cut first took up his lodging under our roof.” Among the most brilliant and enthralling opening lines in the English language

dimanche 8 avril 2012

flower paintings

Blue Water Lilies (1916-1919)
Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Lilacs in a Vase (c 1882)
Nationalgalerie, Berlin

 Andy Warhol
Flowers (1970)
The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh

Tuft of Cowslips (1526)
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

  Jan Brueghel the Elder
Flowers in a Vase (year unknown)
National Museum of Art, Bucharest

 Henri Fantin-Latour
Roses (1894)
Private collection

 Van Gogh
Vase with Pink Roses (1890)
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC