Sunday, August 30, 2009

August 30 - Flailing About

While Harriet's out meeting Alan Crossman and John McGrew re an opera proposal, four more orchestrated pages of John and Salome: V. Salome's Dance, to visions including the above by Armand Point.

What? Don't know Armand Point? We're in good company, as there's no English Wikipedia article on him. Here's one, however, automatically translated from the French...

"Armand Point, born in Algiers in 1860 and died in Naples in 1932, is a French Symbolist painter. He is the creator of a community of artists, the brotherhood Hauteclaire to Marlotte in the forest of Fontainebleau, which is in line with the movement arts & crafts.

Seduced by Africa North Point begins by painting oils and Orientalist subjects of such a bill rather realistic. Yet her inspiration evolves slowly towards an idealistic note Joséphin Peladan invited to the Salon of the Rosicrucian aesthetic. In May 1893, he made a trip to Italy with his companion, Helen Linder, who had a profound artist and it is resource among primitive and now advocates an art under the auspices of the tradition. Having reconstituted a method of painting with egg, it combines the technique learned in his symbolist inspiration. Guided always old, it is an artists' colony in the forest of Fontainebleau mingling painters, sculptors, spin doctors, enamel and silversmiths who create with techniques found, tapestries, jewelry and precious object. The circle called Upper intellectual Claire becomes a hotbed of symbolism that visit Odilon Redon, Oscar Wilde, Stéphane Mallarmé or Stuart Merrill in a studious atmosphere that Paul Fort qualify in his memoirs of 'court of love.' Few recognized by critics, considered outdated and accused of pastiche, Point feels for the Middle Ages and the Renaissance the same admiration that Edward Burne-Jones and the Pre-Raphaelites, for him, means to fight for the ideal through the revival of traditional values."


Eliza comes over after her Il Trovatore gig, and we both help Harriet, who doesn't miss a beat in the transition, learn the ropes of the new/old laptop, additionally reorganizing all the Stravinsky sound files and dining together.