Category Archives: Artefacts

Benevolent deity

Rolfe became the archetype of a semi-forgotten literary character, stuffed, labelled and musty in the glass cases of the antiquarian, lauded by a small but fervent group of admirers. It is no coincidence that his three major biographers to date have been bibliophiles.

Benevolent deity

Rolfe became the archetype of a semi-forgotten literary character, stuffed, labelled and musty in the glass cases of the antiquarian, lauded by a small but fervent group of admirers. It is no coincidence that his three major biographers to date have been bibliophiles.

Arthur Cravan: poet, boxer, blogger

Born under the name Fabian Avenarius Lloyd, changing it to the snappier Arthur Cravan was just the beginning of his quest for attention. Although he left his family name behind, he made much of his connection to his uncle, Oscar Wilde.

Arthur Cravan: poet, boxer, blogger

Born under the name Fabian Avenarius Lloyd, changing it to the snappier Arthur Cravan was just the beginning of his quest for attention. Although he left his family name behind, he made much of his connection to his uncle, Oscar Wilde.

Thin white archduke

Ludwig was getting reckless and had a reputation for spending hours in the Centralbad, a prestigious complex of Orientalist steam baths, where his (no doubt pruny) hands were apt to wander…

Thin white archduke

Ludwig was getting reckless and had a reputation for spending hours in the Centralbad, a prestigious complex of Orientalist steam baths, where his (no doubt pruny) hands were apt to wander…

The Shrine of Turin

Strange things happen in Turin. Giorgio de Chirico’s canvasses were haunted by the “nostalgia of the infinite” he sensed in the piazzas of this neo-classical northern Italian city; it’s also where Nietzsche went nuts and supposedly boasts the Gates of Hell among its landmarks.

The Shrine of Turin

Strange things happen in Turin. Giorgio de Chirico’s canvasses were haunted by the “nostalgia of the infinite” he sensed in the piazzas of this neo-classical northern Italian city; it’s also where Nietzsche went nuts and supposedly boasts the Gates of Hell among its landmarks.

Scarlet woman

If confronted with Dix’s 1925 canvas without knowing anything of the sitter, you might imagine her to be an aging, jaded fixture of Weimar Berlin’s demimonde, perhaps a prostitute, performer or drug addict washed up in the low tide of the night.

Scarlet woman

If confronted with Dix’s 1925 canvas without knowing anything of the sitter, you might imagine her to be an aging, jaded fixture of Weimar Berlin’s demimonde, perhaps a prostitute, performer or drug addict washed up in the low tide of the night.

Jersey girl

In 1937 Cahun and Moore once more shocked their avant-garde contemporaries; they left Paris and chose to live on the island of Jersey at a time when being modern meant to be exclusively city-dwelling. This was their home for the rest of their lives, and also the scene of their bravest endeavours, both artistic and personal.

Jersey girl

In 1937 Cahun and Moore once more shocked their avant-garde contemporaries; they left Paris and chose to live on the island of Jersey at a time when being modern meant to be exclusively city-dwelling. This was their home for the rest of their lives, and also the scene of their bravest endeavours, both artistic and personal.

Grey eminence

Romaine Brooks’s reputation has greatly increased in recent years. Tthese fearless studies of strong, self-possessed women enjoy a critical reputation far beyond their significance as curios of early 20th century lesbian life.

Grey eminence

Romaine Brooks’s reputation has greatly increased in recent years. Tthese fearless studies of strong, self-possessed women enjoy a critical reputation far beyond their significance as curios of early 20th century lesbian life.

Yield to Total Elation

Few artists were ever so comprehensively ignored in their own lifetime as A.G. Rizzoli. Working in complete isolation, he transformed the prose of architectural drawing into transcendental poetry.

Yield to Total Elation

Few artists were ever so comprehensively ignored in their own lifetime as A.G. Rizzoli. Working in complete isolation, he transformed the prose of architectural drawing into transcendental poetry.