A model turned into a bee by lemon and honey. A model who, out of lipstick, used blood instead. How can this be called “Fun with titles”? Jeremiah, long ago, may have been on to something: “Peace, peace,” they say, when there is no peace?
What makes a good artists’ model a good model? An aspect or mood of the model speaking to an aspect or mood of the artist? And what’s in the model’s head or heart matters more than any physical forms, however unclothed? Not to ignore the advantages of bad models and bad moods! Short text accompanied by images from William Eaton’s drawings, and with a closing text adapted from Rilke (on the marriage of model and artist?).
Comments and translation regarding the renaming of Marie-Guillemine Benoist’s “Portrait d’une négresse”, a.k.a. “Portrait de Madeleine.” This as regards the show “Le modèle noir de Géricault à Matisse” (Musée d’Orsay), earlier known as “Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today.” The comments also touch on Degas’s “Petite Danseuse” and work by Thomas Eakins, Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud, and the piece includes charcoal drawings by William Eaton.
Portrait by William Eaton of a model with much in and on her mind. A few words about Nina Simone and the songwriter (Richard M. Jones), along with an extract from the song: “Trouble in Mind.”