The Wunderkammer of the Mild Colonial Boy, Esq., a Reactionary Tory Gentleman, who armed only with a Steampowered Babbage Engine and Pure Intentions, wanders the Time Streams and Aetheric Plane gathering an Eccentric Hodgepodge of Curiousities, Frivolities, Whimsicalities and Nonsense.
Q. Why is your Tumblelog called "My Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning"?
A. Because "My Grandmother's Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning" wouldn't fit in the available space.
Female Figure (1894). Santiago Rusiñol (Spanish, 1861–1931). Oil on canvas. Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya.
Rusiñol and painter Ramon Casas rented an apartment together in Montmartre in the early 1890s. At this time Rusiñol produced naturalist works in the line of those painted by Casas, which included some Impressionist ideas. During his second Parisian sojourn around 1894 Rusiñol turned to the aesthetics of Decadentism.
Poster for Victorien Sardou`s Gismonda starring Sarah Bernhardt at the Théâtre de la Renaissance in Paris (1894). Alphonse Mucha (Czech, Art Nouveau, 1860-1939).
Gismonda is a Greek melodrama in four acts by Sardou that premiered in 1894. The show at Renaissance starred Sarah Bernhardt as Gismonda and Lucien Guitry as Almerio. The show would go to broadway at the Fifth Avenue Theatre on December 11, 1894 and end in February 1895.
To crown (Farewell) or Goodbye, Papa (1894). Vladimir Makovsky (Russian, 1846-1920).
Makovsky has captured a poignant moment in this young bride’s life. It’s difficult to read her expression. It is clear that she will be very much missed by her Papa, and his look of love is beautifully captured here. The bride’s white bridal gown and veil shimmer with reflected light, and the flowers in her hair, and the mistletoe corsage are carefully painted.