Pier 2 DenisOlivier
Study for Tomb of Oscar Wilde, pencil - Jacob Epstein - Large image: HERE
Completed in 1912, the monument bears an inscription from Wilde’s Ballad of Reading Gaol:
And alien tears will fill for him
Pity’s long-broken urn,
For his mourners will be outcast men,
And outcasts always mourn.
Oscar Wilde portrait collage
The above portrait is a collage constructed with pages from The Picture of Dorian Gray as the raw material. HERE via: johncoulthart
Above: YaMa ~Kenjha
Amongst the Cliffs
The path up the mountain is hard
To follow through the tumbled rocks.
When I reach the monastery
The bats are already flying.
I go to the guest room and sit
On the steps. The rain is over.
The banana leaves are broad.
The gardenias are in bloom.
The old guest master tells me
There are ancient painting on the
Walls. He goes and gets a light.
I see they are incomparably
Beautiful. He spreads my bed
And sweeps the mat. He serves me
Soup and rice. It is simple
Food but nourishing. The night
Goes on as I lie and listen
To the great peace. Insects chirp
And click in the stillness. The
Pure moon rises over the ridge
And shines in my door. At daybreak
I get up alone. I saddle
My horse myself and go my way.
The trails are all washed out.
I go up and down, picking my
Way through storm clouds on the mountain.
Red cliffs, green waterfalls, all
Sparkle in the morning light.
I pass pines and oaks ten men
Could not reach around. I cross
Flooded streams. My bare feet stumble
On the cobbles. The water roars.
My clothes whip in the wind. This
Is the only life where a man
Can find happiness. Why do I
Spend my days bridled like a horse
With a cruel bit in his mouth?
If I only had a few friends
Who agreed with me we’d retire
To the mountains and stay till our lives end.
Biogaphy: heinrich-vogeler.com Heinrich Vogeler was born on 12. December 1872 in Bremen. Between 1890 and 1895 he studied at the academy of arts in Düsseldorf. Study trips took Vogeler among others to Belgium and Italy. In 1894 he joined the artist organization Worpswede and in 1895 he bought the “Barkenhoff”.
Other trips took Vogeler to Dresden and Florence and he got to know Rainer Maria Rilke. In 1899 he was asked to cooperate on the “Insel”. Besides from the occupation with the “Insel”-yearbook, Vogeler made craft objects and book illustrations. In 1901 he married Martha Schröder.
In 1905 he finished the decorating of the “Güldenkammer” [golden chamber] Bremen’s townhall. Due to an eye complaint, the artist made a voyage to Ceylon in 1906. The intensive study of Maxim Gorki’s reading matter on a trip to Lodz in 1907 got Vogeler to side passionately with the working class. His commitment to social reforming intensified, when he visited the slum areas of Glasgow and Manchester during a trip to England.
In 1908 Heinrich Vogeler founded the “Worpsweder Werkstätte” for furniture construction together with his brother Franz. Due to drastic drop in the interest of the public and ongoing marital problems, he planed to emigrate, but the begin of World War I. in 1914 induce Vogeler to sign up as wartime volunteer. In 1915 he was summoned to the eastern front.
He came into contact with the ideas of the Bolsheviks though his military instructions as an artist and his trips to Poland, Romania, Dobrudscha and Russia. When Vogeler addressed a written appeal for peace to the German Emperor, he was committed to the lunatic asylum in Bremen for a short time, followed by the dismissal from military service.
After the November Revolution, Vogeler established the first German artist commune at the “Barkenhoff” and bequeathed his possessions after its failure to the “Rote Hilfe” as a rest home for the children of victims of political persecution.
Together with his second wife, Sonja Marchlewska, the artist got to know the Soviet Union in 1923, to which he emigrated in 1931. When the German troops drew nearer to Moscow in 1941, he and other emigrants were deported to Kasachstan, where he died in 1942.
In Heinrich Vogeler’s works a change from one of the leading representatives of Art Nouveau with its precious painting culture and stylized idyllic to creator and propagandist of socialistic realism took place. See archive for additional Heinrich Vogeler paintings and etchings.
Heinrich Vogeler, 1897