Friday, 26 January 2007

Isolde - Aubrey Beardsley


Following on this week's theme of illustrations, tonight I'm posting one of Aubrey Beardley's 1893 series of lithographs based on the story of Tristan and Isolde.

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2 comments:

  1. I absolutely adore the story of Tristan and Isolde and have thoroughly enjoyed reading 2 comprehensive accounts.

    The lithograph just doesn't gel for me. I wish I had the time to get my nose deeper into this, but I don't.
    And if I may say, this picture doesn't illustrate the passion I feel for Isolde.

    It was interesting to see this and I would have probably missed the opportunity to see it, if you hadn't posted it Peter. Thank You.

    I do need time to ponder.

    Where does one purchase a time voucher these days?

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  2. "I absolutely adore the story of Tristan and Isolde..."

    Have you enjoyed the opera? It's not the easiest of Wagner's operas to begin with, but the rewards are worth it. Like music's longest orgasm...

    "...and have thoroughly enjoyed reading 2 comprehensive accounts."

    Which two? I've got Gottfreid von Strassburg's 'Tristan' and Beroul's 'The Romance of Tristan,' and I confess I do enjoy seeing how Wagner made his drama from these ingredients.

    "And if I may say, this picture doesn't illustrate the passion I feel for Isolde."

    Yep, I can understand that. One reason I'd say it is good illustration, and highly stylised, but not art. Isolde without passion is like a vertebrate without a spine. ;^)

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