Friday, August 20, 2010

Day Dream

I recently went through a stack of negatives and discovered this wonderful image of Claudine lying on a falling tree surrounded by fan palms which I titled “Day Dream”

There are been many translations of the daydreamer from Dante Gabriel RossettiThe Day Dream - 1880”, Andrew WyethDay Dream - 1980 to Julia Margaret CameronThe Day Dream - 1891”

I have always admired the works of Paul César Helleu a 19th Century French painter. The name of Paul César Helleu evokes an era, and especially a fashionable society of the late nineteenth century to the years preceding the first World War in Europe, that Marcel Proust described so beautifully in his works. The delicacy, the taste and talent very personal artist have contributed to the extraordinary success of this artist. His fame rests on the representation of women virtuoso pretty great Parisian circles, but also of international society dominated by Anglo-Saxon elegance. (Source: Friends of Paul Helleu)

Paul César Helleu, Lying naked on a sofa - 1915

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