This morning we viewed 2 segments from each of 2 two DVDs:
- Klimt, the 2005 film about Gustav Klimt starring John Malkovich and directed by Raul Ruiz.
- Frida, the 2002 film about Frida Kahlo starring Salma Hyek and directed by Julie Taymor.
Some thought bites, sound bites & observations include:
Klimt: scene 5: Vienna – The secession
- The man has courage – easy to have if you’re well-paid
- He really works and that’s all he has to show for it
- You can’t make an omelet if you don’t break eggs. What he does is break eggs without making an omelet
- Difference between caricatures & allegory? According to Herr Klimt, nothing
- In Paris your work would be charmingly poetic, here it is decadent. Here decadence is synonymous with diabolical, in Paris it is just naughty.
- A triumph that may feel at the moment like a defeat, but a triumph nevertheless
- It is not a portrait, it is an allegory
- I think it’s beautiful, sublime, revolutionary
- Steal the paintings? That doesn’t make sense, they’re no longer yours.
- The press is going to attack you on every front, which is a good sign
- You’ll find yourself in the middle of a an awful stink – I repeat, congratulations
- Was the exhibition a success? If you measure success by the number of visitors who take off their hats I’d say it was a disaster
Scene 10: Coffee House Philosophy
- They say you found a “new” Chinese style
- Klimt & Egon Schiele drawing and Schiele asks “who’s winning”?
- Who’s drawing is this, yours or mine?
- The young people say you have to stand outside of history
- They say philosophy is rubbish
Frida: scene 5, Diego’s Compliments
- I don’t have the time to chat with school girls
- I need a straight forward opinion of my work
- If you’re a real painter you’ll paint because you can’t live without painting, you’ll paint until you die
- I don’t have time to fool around just for vanity
- Leave the best one here. Go home and paint another. If this one is any good I’ll come look on my day off
- What if I told you easel painting like yours is finished? That it is headed for the trash like other elitist, bourgeois pastimes?
- These are good paintings, you have real talent. These are original paintings, none of the usual tricks
- You have to trust a true compliment as much as a critique
- Do you believe that I should continue to paint?
Scene 13: The Price of Integrity
- You knew my politics when you hired me
- I would defend you, but a portrait of Vladimir Lenin would offend many people
- It is against my principles (to alter the Lenin detail)
- You’ve adjusted your principles to come to our parties & eat at our table. I hope you reconsider
- You’ve got a crowd out there – half think you’re the devil & half think you’re a hero
- If you lie down with dogs you should expect fleas
- Forget about artistic integrity, whatever happens you’ve aroused people
- You’ve made them get passionate about their ideal, there’s not another painter who can say that
- He can walk in here and tear it down, you’d still have won
- I will not compromise my vision