Posts Tagged: Jean Cocteau

The ghosts of Versailles

Did two English spinsters slip through a wormhole in the early 20th century and end up in pre-revolutionary France? SPOILER ALERT: No.

The ghosts of Versailles

Did two English spinsters slip through a wormhole in the early 20th century and end up in pre-revolutionary France? SPOILER ALERT: No.

Circles: Charles Henri Ford

His influence and relationships ranged from the Surrealists and the interwar expat community in Paris through to the Beats and the Factory, connections which he carried right into the 21st century.

Circles: Charles Henri Ford

His influence and relationships ranged from the Surrealists and the interwar expat community in Paris through to the Beats and the Factory, connections which he carried right into the 21st century.

Circles: Erika and Klaus Mann

Just an everyday tale of boy meets girl, boy marries girl, boy has affair with other boy whose sister is having an affair with his wife, said affair being the subject of a thinly-veiled play by the other boy in which all four protagonists perform. Shall we begin?

Circles: Erika and Klaus Mann

Just an everyday tale of boy meets girl, boy marries girl, boy has affair with other boy whose sister is having an affair with his wife, said affair being the subject of a thinly-veiled play by the other boy in which all four protagonists perform. Shall we begin?

Jacques-Émile Blanche | portraits

Many of these portraits are currently on display in the exhibition Du côté de chez Jacques-Émile Blanche at the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent in Paris.

Jacques-Émile Blanche | portraits

Many of these portraits are currently on display in the exhibition Du côté de chez Jacques-Émile Blanche at the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent in Paris.

Circles: Ludwig II/Sissi

The Austrian empress and the Bavarian king were cousins and might have been in-laws as well if Ludwig hadn’t broken off his engagement with Sissi’s sister Sophie.

Circles: Ludwig II/Sissi

The Austrian empress and the Bavarian king were cousins and might have been in-laws as well if Ludwig hadn’t broken off his engagement with Sissi’s sister Sophie.

Dress-down Friday: Barbette

Is there anything about the description “cross-dressing Texan aerialist in between-the-wars Paris” which doesn’t compel the attention?

Dress-down Friday: Barbette

Is there anything about the description “cross-dressing Texan aerialist in between-the-wars Paris” which doesn’t compel the attention?

Spring bath linen suggestions

Serge Lifar’s notorious 1958 duel with the Marquis de Cuevas is represented by photographs and, most wondrous of all, cornflower blue monogrammed towels which commemorated the event.

Spring bath linen suggestions

Serge Lifar’s notorious 1958 duel with the Marquis de Cuevas is represented by photographs and, most wondrous of all, cornflower blue monogrammed towels which commemorated the event.

Locus Solus. Impresiones de Raymond Roussel

It is unlikely that the museum will be erecting crowd-control barriers at any point in the show’s run, but if renown were measured by the aggregated prestige rather than numerical total of one’s followers, Raymond Roussel would be a near-household name.

Locus Solus. Impresiones de Raymond Roussel

It is unlikely that the museum will be erecting crowd-control barriers at any point in the show’s run, but if renown were measured by the aggregated prestige rather than numerical total of one’s followers, Raymond Roussel would be a near-household name.

Bohème and beyond

Selbstinszenierung is a great German term which is related to self-promotion and self-presentation, but really carries the idea of directing oneself in the manner of a stage production or work of art, and thus expresses a concept close to Strange Flowers’ heart.

Bohème and beyond

Selbstinszenierung is a great German term which is related to self-promotion and self-presentation, but really carries the idea of directing oneself in the manner of a stage production or work of art, and thus expresses a concept close to Strange Flowers’ heart.

Phantom of the empire

She haunted Europe’s pleasure spots in widow’s weeds, a gothic freak show of peek-a-boo solipsism, a fan shielding her from the gaze of the hated hoi polloi. If she was seen at all it was in silhouette, like Marlene Dietrich in Maximilian Schell’s documentary, and for the same reason – neither could bear to disturb the earlier image the public had of her.

Phantom of the empire

She haunted Europe’s pleasure spots in widow’s weeds, a gothic freak show of peek-a-boo solipsism, a fan shielding her from the gaze of the hated hoi polloi. If she was seen at all it was in silhouette, like Marlene Dietrich in Maximilian Schell’s documentary, and for the same reason – neither could bear to disturb the earlier image the public had of her.

World Famous Aerial Queen

Despite the name Barbette was neither French nor female, having been born Vander Clyde in Round Rock, Texas in 1899. In Paris he caught the attention of writers such as Jean Cocteau, who called him “one of the most beautiful things in the theatre”.

World Famous Aerial Queen

Despite the name Barbette was neither French nor female, having been born Vander Clyde in Round Rock, Texas in 1899. In Paris he caught the attention of writers such as Jean Cocteau, who called him “one of the most beautiful things in the theatre”.

Death becomes her

Maria Casarès, a woman who could communicate gradations of icy contempt unknown to most performers, was perfect as the embodiment of death.

Death becomes her

Maria Casarès, a woman who could communicate gradations of icy contempt unknown to most performers, was perfect as the embodiment of death.