"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Friday, March 23, 2012

Birthdays Today - Kurosawa and Gris

Two truly great artists were born today, the film director Akira Kurosawa and the painter Juan Gris.   Both were probably born at precisely the right time for their medium:  Kurosawa to be part of the post-World War II explosion of "art" films; Gris to be part of the early 20th century explosion of "modernist" art.   Here's a great piece from one of Kurosawa's great reimagining of Shakespeare (here, King Lear) in Ran:

And, here is a great cubist work by Gris, his 1912 portrait of Picasso:

1 comment:

  1. Kurosawa was one of the greats.

    can you tell me how you posted that film clip into your blog ?

    wld be most grateful.

    Peter Monro, England