japonisme: the begetting of beauty

11 March 2007

the begetting of beauty

and hokusai found a view of fuji at hodogaya with twisted trees and twisted men, all looking in different directions

and riviere saw trees this way after seeing hokusai

and lalique saw trees and dragonflies

and mucha saw sycamore leaves like dragonflies

and they both saw green women with green breasts and toothy wing-like projections coming from their shoulders

and thus seeds and insects and twisted beings became woven into the new beauty that this synthesis was creating.

p.s. mucha imagined the jewelry and fouquet made it.

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6 Comments:

Blogger Princess Haiku said...

Very lovely post. I wouldn't mind having one of those dragonflies pin; symbols of eternity aren't they? Did you see the Geisha exhibit at the Asian Art Museum a few years ago? The ancient kimono took my breath away. They were hung as exotic, gorgeous, spirits with wings, misplaced hearts and a life of their own. I looked at the tiny stitching on them and thought about the lives, loves, sorrows, that had been stitched into them.

12 March, 2007 23:26  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

i missed it! abd my library doesn't have the book of her kimono. even the book from the show doesn't have them.

but i love your description.

have you read jane and mariko's 'ink dark moon' ?

14 March, 2007 13:30  
Blogger David Apatoff said...

Lotusgreen, I love that jewelry! I was clearly born in the wrong era (and the wrong economic class).

17 March, 2007 18:12  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

i think you need to fly to paris right away!!!

18 March, 2007 09:58  
Blogger David Apatoff said...

If I thought they were still making jewelry like this in Paris, I just might do it. However, I think that both the style and the craftsmanship bespeak a bygone era.

19 March, 2007 19:02  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

ahhh, mon cher--mais c'est une exposition grande right now! in paris! all about laliquw!

20 March, 2007 08:45  

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