Éric Rohmer, French film director and screenwriter died 11 January 2010. He was active in the French New Wave cinema and was former editor of the French film journal Cahiers du cinéma.
Archive for January, 2010
Born in a Red Cross refugee camp in France, Tatiana rose from humble beginnings to become a Prima Ballerina for one of the famed Ballets Russes. At the age of 15, she was selected to join Colonel de Basil’s Original Ballet Russe, initiating her life as a professional dancer. Performing major roles including Swan Lake, La Sylphide, The Sleeping Beauty and Firebird, she became a star ballerina during the War years. In 1946, she retired and married George Peabody Gardner. After retirement, Tania stayed connected to the ballet world as a teacher and volunteer.
In 2004 a possible never seen before painting of the adult Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) was found in a private art collection in Denmark. It could be traced back to another collection that contained several items from the estate of Johann Lorenz Hagenauer (1712-1792), the friend, landlord, and business partner of Leopold Mozart, the father of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The painting was attributed to the 18th century. Mozart had many admirers and patrons, many of whom may have commissioned or requested portraits. Cliff Eisenn writes in Apollo Magazine that ‘ as long as there is no evidence to the contrary, the Hagenauer Mozart has to be considered as an authentic portrait of W.A. Mozart from around 1785.’ He quotes a letter by Mozart written in 28th September 1782 where he describes a red coat and the buttons on it which match those in the painting.
Cliff Eisen writes: ‘Only a very few images of Mozart are universally agreed to be authentic. Yet the acceptance of these portraits – as well as more recently discovered portraits purporting to be Mozart2 – is less the result of provenance or connoisseurship than the fact that they are shrines at which Mozart scholars and Mozart lovers uncritically worship. They are representations of how we would like Mozart to look – in short they satisfy our visual biographical fancy. ‘ (source Apollo magazine article http://www.apollo-magazine.com/features/5569418/a-new-portrait-of-mozart.thtml )
The arguments about the authenticity of this painting continue. We may never know who the artist was and how true a likeness this was of the great Austrian composer but Lebrecht Music & Arts will always be the picture library that leads the way in representing new information about the great masters of the classical world.
150th Birth anniversary 29 January, 1860.
Colm Toibin, Irish writer and winner of the Costa prize, and contender for outright winner of the Costa award, has had his portrait painted by the well known artist Zsuzsi Roboz. This painting is not only uniquely represented by Lebrecht Music & Arts Photo Library but is part of a large on-going commission of author portraits undertaken by Zsuzsi Roboz to celebrate the launch of the Lebrecht literary website at www.authorpictures.co.uk.
Christian Boltanski’s Monumenta 2010 at Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, France opens 13th January, 2010
Unique photos of Boltanski at work in his studio from lebrecht Music & Arts Photo Library.