Jean Metzinger: Soldier at a Game of Chess

jean metzinger 1915

(Soldat jouant aux échecs, or Le Soldat à la partie d’échecs)
An infantryman at a game of chess. Said to be a self-portrait because he’s smoking a cigarette…


Pre-Raphaelite Gone Wrong

The Death of the Grave-Digger, Carlos Schwabe (1895)

Angel as Shadow,
Angel Wings as Scythes


La Roulette, 1924 by Jean Metzinger


Still life

Giacomo Balla – The Spell is Broken



(The other Futurists…) Giacomo Balla, 1920 – The Spell is Broken

Ed Burra: The Tea Shop, 1929

The Tea Shop 1929

Strange goings-on in a Rye teashop – they’re not like this nowadays…

Blake – Francesca da Rimini, Canto V


Commedia Canto V – the whirled souls.


bellefleurThis I know, the symbol is the gateway to delusion,
Blurring to deceiving smoke
The border between fact and error.
Making havoc in the brain’s fine algebra,
By symbol, the fantastic structure is made too strong,
Too firm a palace against sad reality.

She has been kidnapped from her usual world of glitter and luxury, and now her narrative strides to one completion that has always been possible. The international star known as Bellefleur is depicted in the course of her murder by a mysterious assailant.
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