Monday, January 31, 2011

"To Speak of Woe That Is in Marriage"

"It is the future generation that presses into being by means of
these exuberant feelings and supersensible soap bubbles of ours."


"The hot night makes us keep our bedroom windows open.
Our magnolia blossoms. Life begins to happen.
My hopped up husband drops his home disputes,
and hits the streets to cruise for prostitutes,
free-lancing out along the razor's edge.
This screwball might kill his wife, then take the pledge.
Oh the monotonous meanness of his lust. . .
It's the injustice . . . he is so unjust–
whiskey-blind, swaggering home at five.
My only thought is how to keep alive.
What makes him tick? Each night now I tie
ten dollars and his car key to my thigh. . . .
Gored by the climacteric of his want,
he stalls above me like an elephant."

Robert Lowell, from Selected Poems 1976

Robert Lowell by Walker Evans 1973

Robert Lowell, Walker Evans, 1973

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Girl in Bed

Girl in Bed, Lucian Freud, 1952

Robert Lowell died from a heart attack in 1977 while riding in a taxicab from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Manhattan.
He had visited Caroline Blackwood in Ireland and with him he had Lucian Freud's painting of Caroline; Girl in Bed. He was holding
it in his arms as he died.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Caroline Blackwood and Robert Lowell by Walker Evans 1973

Caroline Blackwood and Robert Lowell, Walker Evans, 1973

Caroline Blackwood began a relationship with the american poet Robert Lowell in 1970, they were married in 1972.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Caroline Blackwood by Walker Evans 1958

Caroline Blackwood, Walker Evans, February 1958

There was about her an extraordinary quality which I can only describe as a brilliant darkness. / Anna Haycraft

Caroline Blackwood by Walker Evans 1958

Caroline Blackwood, Walker Evans, February 1958

Caroline Blackwood by Walker Evans 1958

Caroline Blackwood, Walker Evans, February 1958

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Caroline Blackwood 1953-55

Caroline and Lucian the day after their marriage, 1953
Caroline in Soho, London, 1955
With Cyril Connolly outside Wheeler's restaurant in Soho, London, 1954

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Caroline Blackwood by Walker Evans

Caroline Blackwood, Walker Evans, c 1957-58 (most likely in New York)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Hotel Bedroom

Hotel Bedroom, Lucian Freud, 1954

The painting shows Caroline Blackwood and Lucian Freud in a hotel room in Paris.
Caroline Blackwood married Lucian Freud in 1953 and their marriage was dissolved in 1958.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Saturday, January 15, 2011


Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, 1951 (oil on copper) Wanted poster designed by Lucian Freud in 2001. The portrait was stolen from an exhibition at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin in 1998, sometime between 11 AM and 3 PM, May 27, and disappeared without a trace.

"Posters beg Berliners to bring back the Bacon" , The Guardian, June 22, 2001

"Bringing home the Bacon" , The Guardian, June 23, 2001

Francis Bacon by Lucian Freud 1957

Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, 1956-57 (oil and charcoal on canvas, 35.5 x 35.5 cm)

Friday, January 14, 2011

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Lucian Freud by Francis Bacon 1964

Three Studies for Portrait of Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon, 1964

Harry Diamond by Lucian Freud 1951

Interior in Paddington, Lucian Freud, 1951

Harry Diamond obituary , The Guardian, January 27, 2010

Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud by Harry Diamond 1972

Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud in Dean Street Soho, Harry Diamond, 1974

Bacon and Freud met in 1945 through the artist Graham Sutherland and became close friends.
At one point, they met on an almost daily basis, frequently at The Colony Room in Soho.

Francis Bacon by Clive Barker 1977

Francis Bacon, Clive Barker, 1977

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Three Studies for Self-Portrait 1975

Three Studies for Self-Portrait, Francis Bacon, France, 1975

Three Studies for Self-Portrait 1976

Three Studies for Self-Portrait, Francis Bacon, 1976

Francis Bacon by Jane Bown 1985

Francis Bacon, Jane Bown, 1985

Jane Bown talks about what it was like photographing the artist Francis Bacon in his London studio,
in The Guardian, October 10, 2008.

Francis Bacon by Jane Bown 1985

Francis Bacon, Jane Bown, 1985

Monday, January 10, 2011

Cecil Beaton by Francis Bacon

Cecil Beaton in Group Portrait with Friends, about a portrait Francis Bacon painted of him in 1960; cited by Simon Ofield in his essay
Cecil Beaton: Designs on Francis Bacon (p. 33). A short while after it was finished Bacon destroyed the painting. Ofield writes:

Bacon rang Beaton and explained that he did not want him to have a painting he did not like. Beaton wrote in his diary that evening that
he was sorry the canvas was ‘destroyed and that there is no visible result from all those delightful, interesting and rare mornings’.

Francis Bacon by Cecil Beaton 1959

Francis Bacon, Cecil Beaton, 1959

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Switch Lights, Head Lights and Lamps

Activity in the Santa Fe R.R. yard, Los Angeles, Calif. All switch lights, head lights and lamps have been shaded from above in accordance with blackout
regulations. The heavy light streaks are caused by paths of locomotive headlights and the thin lines by lamps of switchmen working in the yard. Santa Fe
R.R. trip
, Jack Delano, 1943

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Night View

Night view of part of Santa Fe R.R. yard, Kansas City, Kansas, Jack Delano, 1943

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Red Flare

View in a departure yard at C & NW RR's Proviso (?) yard at twilight, Chicago, Ill. Brakeman is signaling with a red flare and the train is going by during
, Jack Delano, 1942