Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Carrington (1995)

Dora Carrington was a painter in the years between the wars. She was not really a part of the Bloomsbury Group, but she had some connections with it. In 1995 they made a film about her life, with the wonderful Emma Thompson as Dora Carrington.

Carrington met the homosexual writer Lytton Strachey in 1916 and she fell in love with him. She knew he was into women, but she did not mind that. Lytton Strachey loved her very much, although he was not attracted to her or other women.
Their friendship went beyond a normal friendship and was not a conventional one. They lived together and when Carrington married Ralph Partridge, all three of them shared a house. Both Carrington and Partridge had several affairs, but the only constant love Carrington had was for Lytton. A lover once asked her to move to Spain with him, but she told him she could not go. Not because she did not want leave her husband, but because she could not leave Lytton.
In 1932 Lytton died from cancer en two months later Carrington committed suicide.

Only when they were together, Carrington and Lytton were happy. Carrington did everything for Lytton, by also knew he would never be really hers. Lytton loved Carrington very much, but knew he could not give her what she really wanted.
The final scenes of the movie are so very sad.
Carrington was a painter who made beautiful paintings, but for her the only thing that mattered was her love for Lytton, and when he was gone she could not go on, there was no point.

I looked Dora Carrington up on the internet and came up with some examples of her paintings, I think she was very gifted. Here are a few of her paintings I liked best. The first one is a portrait of Lytton Strachey.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Longing to be in Rome

When I look outside, I see a cold and dark morning. Unfortunately it is Monday, my autumn break is over and I will have to go to work again. I do not really want to take the 6.40 am bus to Amsterdam and spend my day teaching in a cold school.  

Instead, I long to be in Rome, sitting in the sun at the Spanish Steps, drinking espresso in that restaurant in the streets behind Piazza Navona, looking over the rooftops in different shades of ocher and red, visiting the beautiful churches, or the remains of ancient history.

And so, just to cheer me up, here are some of the pictures I took when I visited Rome last August. These photographs take me back there and make me remember those wonderful days in the most amazing city in the world.
San Pietro, from the Castel dell'Angelo
photograph taken by me, Rome 2012

House of the Vestal Virgins, photograph taken by me, Rome 2012

Orange tree, Farnese Gardens, photograph taken by me, Rome 2012

Chimneys, Aventine, photograph taken by me, Rome 2012

Part of the fountain on the Piazza Navona, photograph taken by me, Rome 2012

Fresco, Musseo Massimo, photograph taken by me, Rome 2012

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Virginia Woolf

The eyes of others our prisons, their thoughts our cages.

Virginia Woolf, (1882-1941)

Saturday, 27 October 2012

The things that inspire me

It is cold enough for me to finally put on my wintercoat and tomorrow summertime will change into wintertime. The days are getting shorter and every evening I close the curtains in my livingroom early. This seems like a good moment to start a new blog. Interesting prospect, and a bit daunting, I must admit.
I am not new to blogging, but I am new to blogging in a different language than my own, my first language is Dutch.
This blog is a bit different than my Dutch blog, it will be more about my impressions and observations about the things that inspire me, although some posts will occur both here and on my Dutch blog Bettina schrijft.

Just to give you an impression, here are a few of the (many) things that can inspire me.
First of all: books, I love books. All kinds of books, literature, thrillers, fantasy, biographies, you name it and I (probably) read it.
One of the walls in my living room, with about half of my bookcollection.
Secondly, my cats, little furry friends.
Corrado and Silvia  

Of course the Imperial Family of Russia must have a place
No need to say more about this tragic family

As does Steve McQueen
Just a few of my favorite movies with Steve McQueen
and one of the many books I own about ´The king of Cool´

I love art both ancient and (relatively) modern

Paul Klee, one of my favorite painters
Ancient bronze statue of a boxer, Musseo Massimo, Rome
photograph taken by me, Rome 2012

And Rome
Balcony in Rome, photograph taken by me, Rome 2012

And history
Temple of the Vestal Virgins,
Photograph taken by me, Rome 2012

And often very simple things like these
Flower at the Foro Romano, photograph taken by me, Rome 2012
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