Saturday, July 31, 2010
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Thursday, July 29, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tying in nicely to the previous post, Undine is a mythological subject that has been given treatment by all the arts, but nowhere more beautifully than the ballet sequence performed by Vera Zorina, choreographed by George Balanchine in the film The Goldwyn Follies in 1938.
This was Goldwyn's first Technicolor film and George Gershwin's last film score before his death. The plot was meaningless, but to be a frame for song and dance.
Vera Zorina was the stage name for Eva Brigitta Hartwig, a beautiful ballerina, actress and choreographer. I can imagine from these photographs that all the stagehands must have been in love with her.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
I've been on such a harsh deadline for so long now that I forgot what it's like to have a little goof-off time, like making a serious blog post. I have a lot of great stuff already scanned and in a docket, waiting for clean-up and organizing, but haven't had the time.
Well I finally got to this lovely 1901 book, Undine and Aslauga's Knight, illustrated by Harold Nelson, one of the great penmen of the golden age of illustration (I know, that's a lonnnng golden age). Nelson was of the age of Walter Crane and Howard Pyle and H.J. Ford, all who penned in a similar formal way, each with magical results.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Laid out in 1914, this is an unfinished pen drawing by Norman Lindsay entitled Grape Pickers. It gives insight to his early working method, with fairly tight pencils. With confidence, later in his life, Lindsay was able to put in details without previously penciling them in.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
It's numbing to think, in any given week of his WWII army life, what my dad could've bought at the PX for a measly 65 cents. And for all I know he did, read 'em and tossed 'em. Of course I know that some weeks he might've been tied up, what with combat and all.