Sunday, January 10, 2010
Happy Sunday everyone! This week's theme was Surrealism, thanks to Last Nights of Paris and Paris Peasant, two fascinating companion books written by founding members of the movement. I enjoyed the former much more than the latter, although I do feel that Paris Peasant really deserves a closer re-reading. Still, it had its moments, and I am very glad to have read it alongside Last Nights of Paris.
Actually, now that I think of it, the theme really was the 1920s in general, with Monday's dual posts on Last Nights of Paris and Art Deco. Oh, how I wish I could publish more pictures from that wonderful coffeetable book I got for Christmas. But I don't want to give the whole thing away. It came from the clearance table at Barnes & Noble, so if you liked the pictures I posted, hopefully it's still there for a dirt-cheap price. For those of you interested, as I am, in graphic design from ~1890-1930, here are a couple of examples of Deco's predecessor, Art Nouveau:
For more images, check out this awesome blog post I found. Those pictures are so gorgeous! They say Art Deco was the golden age of commercial illustration, but I would argue that golden age began with Art Nouveau. Advertising just hasn't been the same since Deco ended.
As for my reading, I am currently in the middle of Octavia Butler's Fledgling, a very different vampire book. It's moving quickly so I should be finishing shortly. Then onto Woolf in Winter with Mrs. Dalloway! See you on Friday!