— charles baudelaire
— bruno schulz, ‘spring’, ch. 13 (from ‘sanatorium under the sign of the hourglass’)
The lord hath smitten him by the hand of a woman. -Book of Judith, 16.7
Caspar David Friedrich, Woman before the setting sun (1818)
— Michel Foucault
At the heart of all beauty lies something inhuman. -Albert Camus
Albert von Keller, Im Mondschein, 1894
Paul Delvaux, Rivals
What is Surrealism? In my opinion, it is above all a reawakening of the poetic idea in art, the reintroduction of the subject but in a very particular sense, that of the strange and illogical. -Paul Delvaux
Charlotte Salomon (April 16, 1917 - October 10, 1943) was a German-Jewish artist born in Berlin. She is primarily remembered as the creator of an autobiographical series of paintings Leben? oder Theater?: Ein Singspiel (Life? or Theatre?: A Song-play) consisting of 769 individual works painted between 1941 and 1943 in the south of France, while Salomon was in hiding from the Nazis. In October 1943 she was captured and deported to Auschwitz, where she and her unborn child were gassed to death soon after her arrival.
Some say the Muses are nine: how careless!
Look, there’s Sappho too, from Lesbos, the tenth.
Jules-Élie Delaunay, Sappho kissing her lyre