Dolores del Río, 1938, by Diego Rivera, at the artist’s house in Coyocán, Mexico city. Dolores del Río (1905-1983) was one of the major actresses of the Golden age of the Mexican cinema and a strong “player” in Hollywood too. There will be more soon on Diego Rivera.
Death by Evelia Evelia, Mexico, 2019. As the Day of the Dead approaches, though I know I will probably get good photos of the festivities, I must confess I am becoming a tad uncomfortable with a certain Mexican obsession for death. No offence. 🙂
The little Prince in Malay, Penang, Malaysia, 2017. A new “collection” of mine. Covers of that charming book in all languages I can come across. Do you have the Little Prince in a language other than French? Let’s share.
Behind bars. Tlalpan, 2019.
Loos of the world series. The men’s room at a local restaurant.
Les demoiselles d’Avignon. Mexico city, c.1972.
Street art Canada, 2019. In Toronto I believe. (c)ourtesy Alex.
My Lord Buddha. Thailand, c.15-16th century. A very well-put expo at the Musée Guimet, Paris, 2019.
Traveller 13. A Comanche or Sioux warrior on the Paris Metro? (Nerve-racking picture. The “subject” was sitting just across me.)
World beer store, Mexico city, 2019. Let’s have a cool one, Mate.
Gatlinburg, Tenne-see, 1978. Another restored slide. A gateway to the Smoky mountains, we drove there from Huntsville, “Alabamer”, via Chattanooga (choo, choo). The latter was a complete let-down. I guess the song had led me to expect more.
Mexico city, 2019. I sometimes wonder what my great-grandmother Wilhelmine would say of today’s women attire. 🙂 (Great, where do I get one of these?)
Good times, Mexico city, Loos of the world series.
Traveller 14, World of Banksy, Paris, 2019. No worry, I will post a clear shot of that Banksy mural. Just liked the tat. 🙂
Self-Portrait with monkey (and xoloitzcuintle), 1945, by Frida Kahlo. Dolores Olmedo museum. This is a great museum we just visited last week-end, with probably the greatest collection of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo paintings in the world. (More to come). Frida Kahlo is well know for her self portraits, many in a surrealistic style. I wanted to contrast the one above with this one:
Portrait of her friend Alicia Galant, by Frida Kahlo, 1927. Dolores Olmedo Museum. This is considered to be her first portrait. I like it better than later works. The style is also similar to another Surrealist artist, Leonor Fini. (More on her too later. I have gathered a bit too much material lately.) 🙂
Traveller 15, Pont Louis-Philippe, Paris, 2019. I think I have been made. Or not? Regardless, I am always fascinated by the elegance of many travellers to the city of lights.
Captain and Donald Duck, substituting for Spock and Scotty, wish to thank y’all for flying with us again, despite the many Time-Space bumps. Portrait by my mother, Renée, Karachi, Pakistan, 1954. (Another great find in the boxes at my brother’s)
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That was great. Wonderful photographs and lost of fun.
Glad for the fun. 🙂
Take care Gigi.
Interesting how Frida painted herself with a moustasch and those eyebrows, though in photos she is actually quite attractive. And that last painting of you: what a treasure!! (Maybe I should paint my boys? Hahah, no way it would turn out that good!)
Sorry to rain on your parade, she did not pluck her eyebrows and she did have a moustache. Kinda weird. I’m sure she had her reasons.
The painting is funny isn’t it? I actually remember the toys, the Donald Duck and the little mouse. Donald’s beak was all worn out, as I would chew it while toothing. 🙂
Paint your boys? Maybe? I’ve had a mind of painting our grandson. 🙂 Someday. (Not with oil, my mother was much better at that) 🙂
Maybe I’ll draw my boys. More my thing
Do. You can always throw it away if you don’t like it. Now from drawing to watercolour, there’s just a small step.
Hello Brian. Grand set. I see the Buddha figures some times skinny and other times with a huge belly, I wonder which is more true? Of course could be a young Buddha? Good Times on the bathroom door is a bit suggestive or weird. Hugs
Haha. The Buddha figure depends on the region. Indochina is generally slim. Chines BUddhas tend to have a fat belly as _ so I was told – it was a sign of prosperity. And yes, “good times” could be weird. But… such is my Loos of the world series. 😉
Great picture in the Guimet Museum and another great painting of Mother with a funny looking clown.
Bravo, Brieuc, and thanks and a lovely afternoon to you.
Thank you Gilles. Likewise.
This is an amazing selection – just from these I have the sense you appreciate women in a positive sense. Dolores has me rapt. I am used to seeing images of Diego Rivera’s murals, but less so paintings such as this.
Haha! Guilty as charged. 🙂 Interesting how you put your finger on it. “Positive sense”. Yes, in many ways. Though we know there as many female idiots as male… 😉 But I like balanced societies. (I have lived in male-only social groups and no. Doesn’t cut it)
And yes, there is much more to Rivera than just his (unique) murals. He was a great and varied artist. I will post soon on Diego and Frida from the Dolores Olmedo museum. Cheers Libre.
Wonderful. These posts always make me smile.
Thank you Ark. You made my day. I a lwasy think that if you have made a friend smile, then your day was not wasted. I must confess the manufacture also makes me smile.
Wonderful!I adore everything here today! Thank you!
The Frida Kahlo portrait of Alicia is very stunning.
It is, isn’t it? Probably because it was not yet tainted by all her later suffering.
I enjoyed the latest pot-pourri. My two favorites were My Lord Buddha, so simple and serene, and the painting by your mother of the happy tot with friends.
Thank you Liz. I also enjoyed putting the post together. Serenity is sooooo important in those troubled days. And the portrait? I was not sure it had survived in my brother’s workshop, but it has, more or or less. Suitcases were already full, but I will try to bring it home on the next trip. Thanks for your visits and comments.
My pleasure, Brian! I enjoy my visits. They’re definitely broadening my horizons.
Thank You. You’re only too kind.
She had certainly sussed you I think, and dear Frida, not sure how one sits down with bread sticks.
That is a very good question. But then the costume provides a good supply of food. Can’t say that about cotton or nylon. 🙂
No, especially nylon. 🙂
You’re a connaisseur.
Ha, indeed 🙂
Wow, another fascinating serie! I quite agree that the obsession with death gets a bit on my nerves. Life is already filled with enough horrors to cope with.
That Sieux warrior could have clobbered you. He looks really dangerous.
The portrait by your mother is my favourite.
My point entirely. This obsession is becoming a bit too much. What about a culture that celebrates Life? 🙂
I don’t think he would have. Clobbered me. He looked… tired, as most people on the metro do. 🙂
It is a lovely portrait, full of life and smile of a baby one. I was a bit concerned it had not survived the various floods and mishaps at my brother’s workshop. Now we need to find a way to bring it home on our next trip. (And I need to find the nerve to try my hand at a portrait of our grandson… 😉 How was your “trek”? You must be back already?
I am back already. We only go for a few days at a time, because we have dogs that go to kennel accomodation and it gets pretty expensive. We are going again in November to Sabi Sand,our most favourite spot in the wilderness.
Start on that portrait!
Ah, yes. Kennels no matter how good are not good for dogs. They get disoriented. Look forward to November then.
The portrait? I need to finish a few other drawings pending. Some day.
I just wanted to let you know that I gave nominated you for the Blogger recognition award on my blog. I am not a fan of chains but I take advantage of this thing to let you know that I really enjoy reading your blog
Grazie mille Flavia. 🙂 I’m very honoured. 🙂
Tutto merito tuo! 😊
Never know who you’ll see on the Paris metro. That warrior is the coolest. That museum sounds magnificent! Sometimes I sure do miss the culture you can find in cities. Wishing you a fabulous rest of the week, mon ami.🙂
Merci Julie. Museum? Guimet or Dolores Olmedo? 🙂 Both. And yes, culture or access to is/are important. Made me think we haven’t been to New York in a while. Miss the Met and Moma…
Bonne semaine à toi aussi. Biz
Both sound fabulous, but I am particularly intrigued by the Dolores Olmedo. My favorite museum in the world in The Art Institute of Chicago. Have you ever been there? Bizzzz back attya.🙂
Never been to Chicago. Yet. And I’ve heard very good things about the Art Institute. Hmmm. Might be worth a trip to Chicago. Not in the winter, though. 😉
And our Lisa D will be in Chicago soon. That’s her home. If you visit, I’ll drive down to meet you both! We can all go to the museum. 😁
We can. 🙂 Though I’m not sure about “soon”. She seems to enjoy life on a boat. 😉
“Soon” is relative. I was thinking more in 2020 when she gets back.🙂
That sounds about right. Bon week-end, Julie.
Oh, and the “warrior” is probably a CPA… 😉
¡Gracias por compartir! Muy interesante….
C’est avec plaisir cher ami. Hope all is well with you?
Je viens de rentrer de la pêche alors tout va bien!
Ah! Fishing! 🙂 It’s been a long time I haven’t done that. Enjoy it.
I like the picture of the first painting, there is always something special about art☀️
Definitely agree. That’s why I placed it first. 😉 (Always select a first image with impact, and Dolores del Río was quite beautiful). Thanks for the visit and comment.
Look at Mali princ (Little Prince in Slovenian) holding Donald Duck. 🙂 I’ll take a photo of my book. It’s always nearby. Thank you for flying us.
Thank YOU. 🙂
Mali princ? I like that. My Pakistani cook called me chotta Sahib. Something like that. Look forward to the photo. Ciao, ciao
I did it, in my last post. I also link to you twice. Enjoy!
Thank you very much. We can start a collection and one day I will feature all covers with their respective owners. 🙂
My favourites have to be the provocative Loos Of The World, the bread dress or rather the little urchins trying to eat it, the Sioux warrior who I had as a cross dresser initially if I’m honest. Lol you snapped him so close?!
And yes you were made…at least on the other pic.
I am beginning to think that every Parisian starlet / model looks like Beatrice Dalle.
Why is the painting in jail? What has it done?
And yes, what is the Mexican obsession with death?
Is that you in your mom’s painting? And how cool!
Yeah the bumps are not great I’m fed up of complaining. Spilt my tea twice and there was no cake available. Tsk!
Well, well. Los of the world is one of my favourites. And yes I was that close. Thing is you pretend to be texting on your phone with the camera on. Shutter sound off, and just shift the phone up a second while snapping. Only 4 travellers spotted me. Not too bad. But I may resort to other… tactics. Ask upfront? I’ve done it and it works. Mostly.
Béatrice Dalle? Haha! A few years back.
It’s actually a window of the workshop. With bars coz, it’s on the street. And they leave the print to dry with the window open.
Death is a pre-Colombian ritual of the Aztecs. (A most blood-thirsty culture) mixed with the Catholic tradition of the Day of the Dead. Like I said: I’d like a culture that celebrates Life. 🙂
Yep. That (was) me, Allastair.
I’ll pass a word to Scotty about the bumps. And to Spock about the Cakes and scones. Problem with Vulcans: they don’t eat either, so they forget.
Ha ha those Vulcans eh? Coming over here and taking our women and jobs… Perhaps a deterrent wall of some kind…
Illegal aliens all of them. (Come to think of it I’ve been an alien most of my life…) 🙂
A wall? No. Vulcans can go through them. Just like Mexicans. They synch out of phase, cross the wall and voilá. (Another Alien word I’m afraid. Have some tea m’dear)
Then we are doomed Arthur! DOOMED I tell you!
My thoughts precisely. One or lumps of sugar in your tea?
Two. No six.
Six it is. Brexit will likely produce a shortage of sugar. (And scones I’m told)
Lol. I’m coming over to stay with you just for that comment Geoffrey and you already know what a pompous, smelling salts, pain I am. You have already been fired no less that 20 times. You do not want me living with you to get my scones! 😂
The price of scones has suddenly gone up, m’lady, I’m afraid. 🙂
And it’s not 20, it’s 21 times. I’m keeping a record. According to the Right Honourable Jeremy Corbyn, Esq., and the new post-Brexit rules if a worker has been fired 25 times he or she is entitled to a life-long pension paid by the State… 4 more to go.
Bertram! Tsk! Tsk! The reason I know you are telling trumpies is that no one in the UK is entitled to any type of decent pension without an offshore account.
If I recall, Adelaïde, you have one in Man, one in Jersey, and one in Singapore, right?
Ha ha! Why not! I worked very hard for my money! Daddy leaving it all to me was very stressful!
Unbearable. I don’t know how you could put up with it.
(Hope all is well with you, “dear Prudence”?)
Yes thank you Argyle. And yourself? Any travels looming?
Good. No, nothing much planned. My wife is going to Colombia for a week with daughter #2 in December, to see her mother. And the whole family here will spend Christmas and New Year in Tulum. Should be nice. You? Staying in the UK?
Also…just realized you sneakily dropped in a song there… and I have no suitably competitive response!…Dammit!
Il pleut il pleut bergère…
rentre tes blancs moutons.
A very eclectic selection of images, Brian. Travelled 13 is my favourite. 😳
The Sioux-Comanche warrior? Mine too. 🙂 Taking the pic was… difficult. But 90% of people assume you’re just texting on your phone. (Still feel bad though)
Thanks for the visit and comment.
Don’t feel bad, Brian. We’ve all been guilty. I forgot to mention that when I first quickly scanned through your post, I thought “self portrait with monkey” was you. It did seem a bit bit odd, but as I’ve never met you, what do I know? 😀
Haha! No I don’t look like Frida Kahlo. Her eyebrows were actually thicker than mine. 😉
But I can understand how a quick reading might lead to that. And then? “Brian”? Er. There is a picture of me on my Gravatar, somewhere in Guatemala at Yaxchtilan, with a Panama hat and Ray-bans on. You will manage to conclude I have a white beard. 😉
The last portrait is so heartwarming. Made with love 🙂
I am surprised you dared to take a close up of the traveler 13 and lived…
You probably have an English copy of the Little Prince? One of the best stories of all times – great idea to collect the books.
Thank you for sharing your life.
Haha! Not sure whether I’m “sharing” my life. More bits and pieces really. 🙂 Or rather points of view. Which is what most bloggers I like do. What you show of “your life” in ireland is fascinating. People in Singapore share other stuff. Etc.
No I don’t have it in English. Maybe we should start a “Challenge”?
Traveller 13 and others. I use my phone. Camera on and shutter sound off. Pretend I’m texting. With the phone almost vertical. Then swing just a few degrees, snap, snap, and that’s it. One day I’ll get mugged. 😉
And that portrait is cute. I have other drawings and paintings of my mother here. Not too sure how to bring this one back. Paint is kinda flaking so I can’t roll it. We’ll see.
Thanks for your visits Inese. Always a pleasure.
Love you sneaky photography techniques and will try them in practice.
You should speak to somebody in the local museum about preserving the drawings . They will sure give you some valuable tips.
The local museum is just an expo room. I don’t think they even have a curator. I might just put an oil painting varnish. Let it dry well then roll it carefully? I’ll make some tests next year. Or Google it. 😉
Fascinating pictures! I laughed at the pictures in the men’s room, and had to return to the one with the girl wearing salad and breadsticks a few times just to make sure I didn’t imagine that. 😉
Haha! Both pictures weren’t bad. As for the men’s room, we were having a staff lunch that day. I sent my female executives to the Ladies’ powder room. There was a huge poster of Jude Law (hot then). Glad you liked the post. Be good Jill.
I try, my friend … I try. Every now and then, I even succeed! 😉
But then, being bad is so much more fun…
Ha ha … that was my first thought when you told me to be good! 😊
We are on the same wavelength. 🙂
The last portrait captures my imagination ~ what a talent, and I suppose holds great stories and memories. A perfectly diverse set, and I like the bookends the best. The first holding pieces of a culture that fascinates (and yes, look forward to seeing what the Day of the Dead festivities will bring to you), and the last being memories of home (even if not mine…). Wishing you a great week ahead ~
Last portrait comes from a long way in time and space. Closer to HK than to America (North or South).
What do you mean by bookends?
A great week to you too.
What a fantastic portrait by your mum!
Thank you. She had a good hand at drawing or painting. That portrait is full of light. Strangely enough, I remember the toys. 🙂
OMFG, Dolores has alien eyes!!!
Actually a few other paintings (painters?) have problems with proportions (check out the hands).
The baguette girl is actually a poster, not graffiti – see the torn piece to the bottom-right.
Frida Kahlo – ugh! Not even Salma Hayek managed to make her likeable in the “Frida” movie.
OK, enough hatin’ for today. 🙂
Haha! Yes, there is enough hate in the world. 😉
Agreed the baguette girl is a poster. I have seen it increasingly in some parts. Paris in particular. I think it allows the artist to avoid destruction.
Dolores del Río had big eyes. 🙂 And it is one of Diego’s best portraits in my mind. 🙂
Proprotions? Yes. It’s the artist’s style I guess.
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Thanks Brian, you’re comment about Chattanooga reminded me of my 18 year-old self’s visit many moons ago. I left feeling completely bewildered by why I’d visited in the first place. Cold, rainy and with virtually nothing to see or do. Songs can be very misleading, I learned that a second time after visiting Albuquerque – from the song by Prefab Sprout. Love that Toronto street art pic, seems dangerous though!
Haha! So we have crossed paths many, many times. Chattanooga was a complete let-down. 🙂
I’ll have to look up Prefab Sprout. Ne’er heard of’em.
Raccoons are cute little devils but can have a nasty bite…
(What on earth were you doing in Chattanooga – choo choo – at 18?)
Good to see you love the little Prince… St E a writer who stays with you throughout life.
Thank you Thom. I am re-reading several of Saint-Ex’s books. I wonder how it is in English? He had such a special style in French.
Thanks. The mystical crackle comes through even in translation. Regards Thom.
Have a great week Thom
Thank you. Much obliged.
Or should I say “xie xie”? 😉
谢谢 works fine!
Are those the characters for xie xie? My compliments on learning to read.
They are indeed. You can try searching for easy characters first if you’re interested, as those in xiexie are a little complex.
Thank you. Glad you liked it. (Putting together a pot-pourri post is quite fun!)