Pathé Omnia ,1906.
Première salle fixe et permanente de cinéma à Paris, inaugurée en 1906 Boulevard Montmartre. Via
In the late 1880s, the body of a 16-year-old girl was pulled from the Seine. She was apparently a suicide, as her body showed no marks of violence, but her beauty and her enigmatic smile led a Paris pathologist to order a plaster death mask of her face.
In the romantic atmosphere of fin de siècle Europe the girl’s face became an ideal of feminine beauty. The protagonist of Rainer Maria Rilke’s 1910 novel The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge writes, “The mouleur, whose shop I pass every day, has hung two plaster masks beside his door. [One is] the face of the young drowned woman, which they took a cast of in the morgue, because it was beautiful, because it smiled, because it smiled so deceptively, as if it knew.”
Ironically, in 1958 the anonymous girl’s features were used to model the first-aid mannequin Rescue Annie, on which thousands of students have practiced CPR. Though the girl’s identity remains a mystery, her face, it’s said, has become “the most kissed face of all time.”
”And since night approaches - I slumber into death.” Georges Rodenbach.
The Silence, 1895, pastel by Lucien Levy-Dhurmer, 1865-1953, French Art Nouveau painter.
Haunting in its simplicity and enigmatic symbolism, Levy-Dhurmer was said to have kept this pastel during his lifetime. The artist worked in oils and pastels and completed portraits and landscapes as well as decorated earthenware.
(Note: Kittelsen, 1857-1914, was a Norwegian artist of nature paintings as well as illustrations of fairy tales and legends, especially trolls. Black metal bands have used his work on their albums as well as his art illustrations from the book Svartedauen (The Black Death).
I like how she is poised on the rocky outcrop and how she looks like she hates her work. It’s sort of how I feel about housework. Then, again, she may be weaving a spell or turning the rock into cotton. — Shades and Shadows.)