{en vedette} Study After Cezanne No. 4 ~ Sean Hayes

Seeing David Hayes’ still life, P.O.V., (below) reminded me of this picture by another Hayes, Sean Hayes in this case. Entitled “Study After Cezanne No. 4,” it is perhaps my favorite still life ever submitted to Pixels. It was the {daily pic} on April 21, 2012.

At the time, I wrote this:

Sean sent in four variations on this still life. This is my favorite, but they are all great. He has done a wonderful job of conceiving, staging (and lighting?) this piece, capturing beautifully the sensuous folds and creases of the almost iridescent tablecloth to suggest a rumpled bed, perhaps: the folds seem to converge underneath the ripening fruit. The slight grunging and texturizing of the earth-toned vignetting is just the right touch, meta in a most splendid way. An undercurrent of sexuality, at once humorous and worldly, permeates the tableau.

And the oil can?

Well, I think Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray would take Sean out for a drink.

Here are the other three images from Sean’s series:

And I think some music is in order, some pear-shaped music from the patron saint of Pixels.

Erik Satie – Morceau en Forme de Poire

Three pear-shaped pieces is a composition for piano four hands’ of Erik Satie . Scores were completed in September 1903 . Ironically, Three pieces pear-shaped has seven movements.

{en vedette} David Hayes ~ P.O.V.

This was the {daily pic} July 13, 2014.


Am I the only who thinks that there is a distinct undercurrent of eroticism in this image?

Well, relax …

Frankie Goes To Hollywood ~ Relax (what a weird video!)

Robin Robertis ~ Untitled


Francis Poulenc ~ Sanglots sung by Madelyn Renée Monti

Human love is ruled by the calm stars.
      We know that within us many people breathe
      who came from afar and are united behind our brows.
 This is the song of that dreamer
 who had torn out his heart
 and was carrying it in his right hand...
      Remember, oh dear pride, all those memories:
      the sailors who sang like conquerors,
      the chasms of Thule, the tender skies of Ophir,
      the accursed sick, the ones who flee their own shadows,
      and the joyful return of the happy emigrants.
 Blood was flowing from that heart;
 and the dreamer went on thinking
 of his wound which was delicate ...
      You will not break the chain of those causes...
 ... and painful; and he kept saying to us:
       ... which are the effects of other causes.
 "My poor heart, my heart which is broken
 like the hearts of all men...
      Look, here are our hands which life enslaved.
 "... has died of love or so it seems,
 has died of love and here it is.
      That is the way of all things.
 "So tear your hearts out too!"
      And nothing will be free until the end of time.
      Let us leave everything to the dead,
      and let us hide our sobbing.

Translation from French (Français) to English copyright ©2001 by Peter Low.

Based on a text in French by Wilhelm Albert Włodzimierz Apolinary Kostrowicki (1880 – 1918), as Guillaume Apollinaire, “Sanglots”, appears in Il y a, no. 5.

{video} The Flying Train (Germany, 1902)

“The Flying Train” depicts a ride on a suspended railway in Germany in 1902. The footage is almost as impressive as the feat of engineering it captures. For many years our curators believed our Mutoscope rolls were slightly shrunken 70mm film, but they were actually shot on Biograph’s proprietary 68mm stock. Formats like Biograph’s 68mm and Fox’s 70mm Grandeur are of particular interest to researchers visiting the Film Study Center because the large image area affords stunning visual clarity and quality, especially compared to the more standard 35mm or 16mm stocks.

Learn more about Mutoscopes and the “first films” from curator Dave Kehr: https://youtu.be/BBNwiPgknn8

David Scott Leibowitz ~ Mini Goat


scarlett johansson ft. david bowie – fannin street (by tom waits)

There’s a crooked street in Houston town
It’s a well born path I’ve traveled down
Now there’s ruin in my name, I wish I never got off the train
I wished I’d listened to the words you said

Don’t go down to Fannin Street
Don’t go down to Fannin Street
Don’t go down to Fannin Street
You’ll be lost and never found
You can never turn around
Don’t go down to Fannin Street

Once I held you in my arms, I was sure
But I took that silent stare through the guilded door
The desire to have much more, all the glitter and the roar
I know this is where the sidewalk ends

Don’t go down to Fannin Street
Don’t go down to Fannin Street
Don’t go down to Fannin Street
You’ll be lost and never found
You can never turn around
Don’t go down to Fannin Street

When I was young I thought only of getting out
I said goodbye to my street, goodbye to my house
Give a man gin, give a man cards, give an inch he takes a yard
And I rue the day that I stepped off this train

Don’t go down to Fannin Street
Don’t go down to Fannin Street
Don’t go down to Fannin Street
You’ll be lost and never found
You can never turn around
Don’t go down to Fannin Street

{sunday} Damian De Souza ~ Untitled


Happy Sunday.

Here is a wonderful documentary, The Riddle of Bach, filled with heavenly music for your edification. Enjoy.

Scott Yoo goes to Germany to learn Bach’s sonatas and partitas, widely considered among the greatest works ever written for solo violin. There, he discovers a riddle Bach left behind in his portrait. In trying to solve it, Scott discovers that Bach based his melodic style on Vivaldi and his rhythms on the music of the French court, which leads to a spectacular finale in Paris.

Alice Sara Ott – Piano
Andreas Schulz – Gewandhaus Orchestra Director
Christoph Wolff – Musicologist
Hayden Chisholm – Saxophone
Alice Dade – Flute
Gautier Capuçon – Cello
Jerome Ducros – Piano
Lillian Gordis – Harpsichord
Andreas Jacobs – Organ
Gareth Lubbe – Viola
David Sinclair – Bass
Edith Lalonger – Choreography Teacher
Ricardo Barros – Dancer
Annabelle Blanc – Dancer
Pierre-François Dollé – Dancer

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