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The Face of Genius
Have you watched the recent British Series on the young Queen Elizabeth where Winston Churchill has that famous portrait painted before his death whiich he hates and eventually burns? It was a series I certainly enjoyed as they spent some time on the relationship between the portrait artist and Churchill.
By: Tabor on January 27, 2017
Fascinating- I appreciate how you research facts and find images-thanks! And have a lovely weekend.
By: Kathe W. on January 27, 2017
No good pictures of me exist anywhere. Idea for a sci-fi story that's probably been done before: a painter goes back in time to create portraits of his favorite subjects.
By: PT Dilloway on January 27, 2017
The painting looks like it could have been made from the newly discovered photo, just not as sterile.
By: cranky on January 27, 2017
Always a pleasure reading your blog, Stephen, as it either makes me laugh or makes me smarter. Looked a lot more about Chopin, which I needed, because my memories of him right now are from Doc Holliday references in "Tombstone."
By: Mr. Shife on January 27, 2017
I enjoyed this post so much, Stephen. I have to admit a preference for photography. Heresy, I know! But that first painting of Chopin is quite strikingly similar to the photograph. I feel sorry for the man; dying of tuberculosis wasn't a pleasant way to go.
By: jenny_o on January 27, 2017
I find the photo very powerful, too. To me it does capture a similar mood to what Delacroix painted.
By: Mitchell Is Moving on January 27, 2017
Perhaps as sick as the man was, those were the correct flesh tones. Loved the idea of time traveling artist. If you get the chance Stephen--go for it.
By: Arkansas Patti on January 27, 2017
I never knew Chopin died so young from TB. This was a great post with a great lesson! Thanks.
By: Bee BB Bee on January 27, 2017
You always teach me something about composers or painting or art, and i appreciate it!
By: messymimi on January 27, 2017
For some reason I see tragedy and pathos in the photo. I think it's more expressive than the portrait, where Chopin looks strong but not emotional (to me). It's a shame that so many great musicians die early - and that trend continues today.
By: Lexa Cain on January 27, 2017
My grandparents had chalk portraits made. I wish I knew who of the family ended up wit the.
By: red Kline on January 27, 2017
Another art/history lesson; thank you!!
By: fishducky on January 27, 2017
That just seems wrong, cutting the painting in half!
By: Val on January 27, 2017
I know the portrait of Delacroix well and found it full of life and so vibrant even though the colours are the exact opposite. I love this new picture because he looks disgusted like something very unclean is near him:)
By: Birgit on January 27, 2017
The newly discovered photo has a haunting effect. Another informative and fascinating post.
By: Tom Cochrun on January 27, 2017
I find all of the pictures very interesting and to me they each reveal some of the soulfulness expressed in his music.
By: The Broad on January 28, 2017
Every day is a school day. Especially when I visit your blog. R
By: Rick Watson on January 28, 2017
Some people don't want to have their likeness captured in a painting or photograph. My mother would scold me for trying to take her photo.
By: Daniel LaFrance on January 28, 2017
Great post. As a Chopin enthusiast I am really happy about this discovery. I see pain in that picture, but not just of the physical type but also of the kind generated by a prolongued absence from his native Poland. Greetings from London.
By: A Cuban In London on January 28, 2017
hi Stephen, another interesting post. thank you
By: Fran on January 29, 2017
A wonderful art history lesson. Thanks Stephen! :)
By: scott park on January 30, 2017
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