I watched this film a few nights ago on TCM.
It starred Charles Laughton as Rembrandt van Rijn. The film begins at the time in his life when he was very popular & accepted in society.
But after the death of his wife, Rembrandt’s artwork became darker. When he revealed his painting, “The Night Watch”, people were shocked & disgusted. They ridiculed & denounced the work. Rembrandt, who was once so admired, became a symbol of failure.
Last night I watched the film Moulin Rouge from 1952.
Directed by John Huston & starring Jose Ferrer as the artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, this film is rather simple, beginning with a can-can scene at the Moulin Rouge in 1890 Paris.
The first thing I noticed was how beautiful the costumes were. The dresses were all unique & flowed wonderfully with the dancers.
The atmosphere of a smokey room filled with raucous behavior & too much alcohol set the tone for the rest of the film. Continue reading
This beautiful illustration from 1792 is one of my favorite pieces of art. In fact, almost all of Blake’s work inspires & uplifts me. His spirituality & faith radiates from his art. He was truly a visionary. Continue reading