Rodolphe Salis, the grandiose owner of Le Chat Noir, declared
“The Chat Noir is the most extraordinary cabaret in the world. You rub shoulders with the most famous men of Paris, meeting there with foreigners from every corner of the world.”
The thing is Salis wasn’t entirely wrong.
Continue reading “Experiments, Spectacles, and Parody at Le Chat Noir”
A few weeks ago I went to the Harry Ransom Center in Austin. They have an excellent section dedicated to new acquisitions. (And boy does it acquire.) I saw an Aubrey Beardsley piece from afar and went to look at it. But it wasn’t Beardsley’s.
It was William Faulkner’s.
Continue reading “William Faulkner Illustrated”
How did Montmartre become the destination for café-concerts? How did it influence Rodolphe Salis to make a cabaret? What makes Le Chat Noir cabaret unique?
Continue reading “Le Chat Noir, Montmartre, and Café-concerts”
Ah, this one takes me back. My favourite professor got in touch with me recently and inspired me to revisit this subject. Also, I’m going to see Theophile Steinlen’s cats in Richmond soon. You know the sign by Steinlein. But do you know it’s history? It’s vast, it’s strange, and it’s often overlooked.
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Maybe you’ve stumbled upon one of these ancient and colossal lamassu at a museum. They’re stunning massive mythological protective genies originating from Assyrian. And they’re full of surprises.
Continue reading “Illusionist Lamassu”
In my case, it’s a resounding yes. Truth be told I cry in almost every animated movie, so it’s not exactly hard to move me. But I have felt like a bit of a weirdo when I’m crying at a gallery.
Continue reading “Does Art Make You Cry?”
The winds in Arles can blow up to 80 kilometres an hour (or 50 mph). These ferocious winds are known as le mistral. Some people say it drove Vincent van Gogh to cut off his own ear.
Vincent van Gogh wrote to his brother, Theo, about Le Mistral and how it affected his work. Continue reading “Arles: Vincent van Gogh and a Villanelle”