lunedì 11 maggio 2015

Song of spring

“I enjoy the spring more than the autumn now. 
One does, I think, as one gets older.” 
Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room

The wonderful season that we are living, the beauty of the painting and the musicality of the dance are combined in "Song of spring" by Maximilian Lenz. 

Provate a mettere insieme la stagione che stiamo vivendo, la bellezza della pittura e la musicalità della danza. Dall'unione di queste forze nasce il meraviglioso dipinto "Song of spring" di Maximilian Lenz.

"Song of Spring" by Maximilian Lenz

Maximilian Lenz (4 October 1860, Vienna – 19 May 1948, Vienna) was an Austrian painter, graphic artist and sculptor. He was a great friend and intimate walking companion of Gustav Klimt. Lenz was a founding member of the Vienna Secession. He was a Symbolist, but later his work became increasingly naturalistic. He worked in a variety of media, including oils, watercolours, lithography and metal reliefs.

Maximilian Lenz (4 ottobre 1860 Vienna - 19 maggio 1948, Vienna) è stato un pittore e scultore austriaco. Fu grande ed intimo amico e compagno di passeggiate di Gustav Klimt. Lenz fu uno dei membri fondatori della Secessione viennese. Era un simbolista, ma in seguito il suo lavoro è divenne sempre più naturalistico. 

In Song of Spring (1913) the dancers in their flowing white dresses float through warm spring breezes in a ritual celebration that is as old as mankind. They personify the season of birth, youth and the dawn of a new day, calling to mind the freeform dance and costume of Isadora Duncan  the American dancer, considered one of the most significant precursors of so-called "modern dance" who lived in Western Europe and the Soviet Union from the age of 22 until her death at age 50 (1877 – 1927).

Nel dipinto Song of Spring (1913) le giovani danzatrici indossano abiti bianchi fluttuanti nella calda brezza primaverile in una celebrazione rituale antica e mistica. Esse rievocano la stagione di nascita, la gioventù e l'alba di un nuovo giorno, richiamando alla mente il ballo a forma libera e i costume di Isadora Duncan (1877 – 1927), la danzatrice statunitense, considerata una tra le più significative precorritrici della cosiddetta "danza moderna"che visse in Europa  tra la fine dell'ottocento e gli inizi del novecento.

Isadora Duncan
Isadora took inspiration from ancient Greece and combined it with an American love of freedom. Isadora's dance represented liberation, transcendence, sensuality and the cosmos. She wore a revolutionary costume of a white Grecian tunic and bare feet. She was very inspired by ancient Greek art and utilized some of those forms in her movement. 

La danza di Isadora univa l'amore per la Grecia antica  e il desiderio americano di libertà. Il suo era un ballo di liberazione, di trascendenza di sensualità e di ritmo cosmico. Ella indossava un semplice costume realizzato con una tunica bianca e ballava a piedi nudi. I suoi movimenti erano ispirate dalle forme classiche.

Isadora  defined her movement through natural and spiritual laws, her breathing technique on the ebb and flow of ocean waves and her costume on the virginal dresses of the Middle Ages. In her performances, she leaped and skipped over the stage, just as Lenz's women run carefree over new spring grass. 

I movimenti di Isadora seguivano leggi naturali e spirituali. La sua tecnica di respirazione seguiva il flusso e riflusso delle onde del mare e il suo costume rappresentava abiti virginali del Medioevo. Nelle sue performance, danzava sul palco proprio come le donne di Lenz corrono spensierati sull'erba di primavera.

domenica 10 maggio 2015

Mother and child

Arthur Elsley - The Bedtime Story

The story of Mothers Day is the story of firm determination of a daughter, Anna Jarvis who resolved to pay tribute to her mother, Mrs Anna M Jarvis and all other mothers of the world. Anna Jarvis dedicated her life to fulfill her mothers dream of the recognition of day for honoring mothers. Though never a mother herself, Founder of Mother's Day, Anna Jarvis is today recognised as the 'Mother of Mothers Day'.

Mother and Son Fritz Zuber Buhler

La storia della Festa della Mamma nasce dalla determinazione di una figlia, Anna Jarvis che volle rendere omaggio a sua madre e tutte le altre mamme del mondo. Anna non divenne mai madre, ma dedicò parte della sua vita a far riconoscere la giornata per onorare le madri. 

Arthur John Elsley (English, 1860-1952)

Sonnets are full of love

Sonnets are full of love, and this my tome
Has many sonnets: so here now shall be
One sonnet more, a love sonnet, from me
To her whose heart is my heart’s quiet home,
To my first Love, my Mother, on whose knee
I learnt love-lore that is not troublesome;
Whose service is my special dignity,
And she my loadstar while I go and come
And so because you love me, and because
I love you, Mother, I have woven a wreath
Of rhymes wherewith to crown your honored name:
In you not fourscore years can dim the flame
Of love, whose blessed glow transcends the laws
Of time and change and mortal life and death.

Christina Rossetti (from A Pageant and Other Poems, 1881)

Butterflies by Frederick Stead

George Sheridan Knowles
I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, 
there would be no more wars.
E. M. Forster

Vigée Lebrun, Self-Portrait with daughter Julie, 1786

Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children 
because they are more certain they are their own.

Bernard de Hoog, The Mother, Private Collection
Mother and Daughter by George Goodwin Kilburne
The art of motherhood involves much silent, unobtrusive self-denial, 
an hourly devotion which finds no detail too minute.
Honore de Balzac

Mary Cassatt
Albert Edelfelt, Finnish artist
What do girls do who haven't any mothers 
to help them through their troubles?
Louisa May Alcott

The daisy chain by Helen Jackson
It is only in the act of nursing that a woman realizes 
her motherhood in visible and tangible fashion; 
it is a joy of every moment.
Honore de Balzac