G C Lichtenberg: “It is as if our languages were confounded: when we want a thought, they bring us a word; when we ask for a word, they give us a dash; and when we expect a dash, there comes a piece of bawdy.”

H. P. Lovecraft: "What a man does for pay is of little significance. What he is, as a sensitive instrument responsive to the world's beauty, is everything!"

Martin Amis: “Gogol is funny, Tolstoy in his merciless clarity is funny, and Dostoyevsky, funnily enough, is very funny indeed; moreover, the final generation of Russian literature, before it was destroyed by Lenin and Stalin, remained emphatically comic — Bunin, Bely, Bulgakov, Zamyatin. The novel is comic because life is comic (until the inevitable tragedy of the fifth act);...”

Werner Herzog: “We are surrounded by worn-out, banal, useless and exhausted images, limping and dragging themselves behind the rest of our cultural evolution.”

John Gray: "Unlike Schopenhauer, who lamented the human lot, Leopardi believed that the best response to life is laughter. What fascinated Schopenhauer, along with many later writers, was Leopardi’s insistence that illusion is necessary to human happiness."

Justin E.H. Smith: “One should of course take seriously serious efforts to improve society. But when these efforts fail, in whole or in part, it is only humor that offers redemption. So far, human expectations have always been strained, and have always come, give or take a bit, to nothing. In this respect reality itself has the form of a joke, and humor the force of truth.”

विलास सारंग: "… . . 1000 नंतर ज्या प्रकारची संस्कृती रुढ झाली , त्यामध्ये साधारणत्व विश्वात्मकता हे गुण प्राय: लुप्त झाले...आपली संस्कृती अकाली विश्वात्मक साधारणतेला मुकली आहे."

Friday, May 22, 2015

Women of Algiers and Women of India by Ghulam Ali Khan

As is well known Pablo Picasso's 'Women of Algiers' has become the most expensive painting to sell at auction.


Wikipedia informs: "Les Femmes d'Alger (Women of Algiers) is a series of 15 paintings and numerous drawings by the Spanish cubist artist Pablo Picasso. The series was inspired by Eugène Delacroix's 1834 painting Women of Algiers in their Apartment (French: Femmes d'Alger dans leur appartement)..."

Here is  Delacroix's 1834 painting:

current location: Louvre, Paris

courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

As soon as I saw both the paintings mentioned above, I was reminded of this Indian painting:


Artist: Ghulam Ali Khan, 1st quarter of 19th century

Current Location: The San Diego Museum of Art 

I also saw this picture in  B. N Goswamy's 'The Spirit of Indian Painting: Close Encounters with 101 Great Works 1100-1900'  and the lady, fourth from the left, produced below, is simply bewitching. 

No one  from the current crop of leading ladies of Hindi cinema comes close to her in poise and style.

 courtesy: B. N. Goswamy

 On the whole, I like Mr. Khan's painting more than the most expensive painting to sell at auction.
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