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So here hath been dawning
Another blue Day:
Think wilt thou let it
Slip useless away.
Out of Eternity
This new Day is born;
Into Eternity,
At night, will return.
Behold it aforetime
No eye ever did:
So soon it forever
From all eyes is hid.
Here hath been dawning
Another blue Day:
Think wilt thou let it
Slip useless away.
Thomas Carlyle (via itsquoted)
There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul.
Victor Hugo (via itsquoted)


Napoleon Sarony photographed Oscar Wilde much before the latter’s ascension to fame. One of his photographs of Oscar Wilde, taken in 1882, became the centre of a lawsuit two years later. Sarony, claiming a copyright infringement, won the case and earned $610 as compensation in the process.

Napoleon Sarony (1821 – 1896) was one of the most celebrated photographers of 19th century. He was born in Quebec but relocated to New York when he was fifteen. From behind the camera lenses he captured everlasting images of many a famous faces of the day. He photographed Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) many times during his career. Memorable portraits of Nikola Tesla, Walt Whitman, Winslow Homer and Wendell Phillips still stare back from the pages of Sarony’s illustrious albums.

Sarony paid a hefty $1500 to famous actress Sarah Bernhardt so that he can capture the beauty of her ethereal face and delicate features on the photographic plates. He was also a talented lithographer, a craft he learned from his father who was a lithographer by profession. Despite his mastery, Napoleon Sarony shared a love hate relationship with the art of photography. In an interview with Wilson’s Photographic Magazine, January 1893, he commented,

I burn, I ache, I die, for something that is truly art. All my art in the photograph, I value as nothing. I want to make pictures out of myself, to group a thousand shapes that crowd my imagination. This relieves me, the other oppresses me …


From Garbo to Crawford many an actress and starstruck fans of golden age of Hollywood owe a great deal to Ruth Harriet Louise. For Louise’s photographic portraits of the former group defined the beauty of those enigmatic faces which the latter group collected from the newspapers and magazines and preserved in their collective memories for many years.

Ruth Goldstein or Ruth Harriet Louise (January 13, 1903 – October 12, 1940) became the chief portrait photographer of MGM in 1925. She was blessed with a heady mixture of talent, beauty and glamour herself. Intelligent as she was, she tactfully negotiated her contract with MGM. Louise freed herself from many restrictions and earned the rights of photographic subjects outside the limits of the studio.

Louise was known to be a very good collaborator and worked with a youthful vivre natural to her. These aspects helped her in sculpting very vivid images of the personalities she wanted to photograph. Her reputation aroused the envy of a few of her colleagues but a greater number applauded her accomplishments accumulated in a span of only half a decade.

Louise drew the curtains on her very successful stint of glamour photography to marry film director and screenwriter Leigh Jason. She is thought to have captured more than 100,000 images before the flickering candle of her life burnt out at the age of thirty seven.


Vladimir Borovikovsky (July 24, 1757 – April 6, 1825) excelled in painting portraits in rococo style. His subjects included the members of the royal family and other Russian aristocrats. Besides, he is also known to have created a few paintings based on religious and mythological subjects. Of all the paintings of Borovikovsky survived to this date a portrait of Maria Lopukhina, painted in1797 (pic ii), reveals his artistry the best. The portrayal was so vivid that it induced the following glowing tribute from poet Yakov Polonsky (December 18, 1819 – October 30, 1898).

Long since she passed away: no more those eyes,
No more that smile which tacitly expressed
The suffering of her love and her sad thoughts
But her beauty Borovikovsky has preserved.
Her soul, in part, is therefore with us still
And this her gaze and this her body’s charm
Will fascinate indifferent generation,
teaching the
To love, to suffer, to forgive and to be silent.
Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: we must fight in order to conquer it.
Alexandre Dumas (via itsquoted)


Alphonse Mucha believed art as a medium of carrying spiritual messages. He was somewhat ill at ease of the commercial success and attention his designs, complete with characteristic Mucha illustrations, received.

Alfons Maria Mucha or Alphonse Mucha was born in Ivančice, Moravia on July 24, 1860. As a young boy Mucha loved both singing and drawing but was inattentive to his studies and in 1877 he was expelled from the school for poor performance. By then, though, he had already chosen his career path. Two years later Mucha left for Vienna to work as a theatrical scene painter and in another two years he enrolled in the Münich Academy of Arts.

By 1877, Alphonse Mucha moved to Paris and studied in Académie Julian for another couple of years. His work in Paris firmly established him as an artist and illustrator. Mucha was introduced to famous actress and photographer Sarah Bernhardt in 1894. This commenced a very successful period for Mucha when he painted, lithographed posters, designed jewelleries and novelty items for la divine Sarah.

Many people claim Alphonse Mucha’s achievements as a triumph of art nouveau. Though, it could be contended, if his very florid style of paintings is nothing but variations of neoclassicism. He toiled hard for years to complete Slovanská epopej (The Slav Epic) according to his taste. He poured his talent and skills as an artist to create this series containing twenty paintings of huge dimensions. He also carried out the interior decorations of churches and crafted stained glass windows (most notably of St Vitus Cathedral) during his lifetime. Mucha passed away in Prague on July 14, 1939.

Our own affections still at home to please
Is a disease;
To cross the seas to any foreign soil,
Peril and toil;
Wars with their noise affright us; when they cease,
We’re worse in peace:
What then remains, but that we still should cry
For being born, and, being born, to die?
Francis Bacon (via itsquoted)
There is a cropping–time in the races of men, as in the fruits of the field; and sometimes, if the stock be good, there springs up for a time a succession of splendid men; and then comes a period of barrenness.
Aristotle (via itsquoted)