Monday, June 30, 2014
Thursday, June 26, 2014
In its own tacky way, the image makes explicit the idea advanced in Freud and Breuer's case study of "Anna O.": that so-called hysterical symptoms originated in--indeed were a displaced representation of--unconscious sexual fantasies and desires.
Posted by Terry Castle at 11:57 AM
Sunday, June 22, 2014
I haven't visited with Madame Delait lately, so here she is again. Which is more magnificent--blouse or beard? She has her own look, that's for sure. I think of myself as open-minded but it's hard to imagine sleeping with Madame Delait.
Posted by Terry Castle at 10:07 PM
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
You can see Romaine (1874-1970) sitting jauntily enough in the top one, next to a breathtaking sample of her portraits--including her self-portrait in top hat, and in the background, her very comical image of Una Troubridge, lover of Radclyffe Hall. (Troubridge shown with monocle and dachshunds.)
According to the biographies--Diana Souhami's book about her and her lifelong lover/companion, Natalie Clifford Barney is the best--Brooks was a fairly odious misery-guts. The photographer here, however, seems to have caught her on a relatively good day.
The images, while a little beaten up, have the most beautiful color-processing.
Posted by Terry Castle at 4:33 PM