Gustave Caillebotte - The Floor Scrapers (1875-6)
Original on top, later version below
"Despite the effort Caillebotte put into the painting, it was rejected by France’s most prestigious art exhibition, The Salon, in 1875. The depiction of working-class people in their trade, not fully clothed, shocked the jurors and was deemed a ‘vulgar subject matter.’
The images of the floor scrapers came to be associated with Degas’s paintings of washerwomen, also presented at the same exhibition and similarly scorned as ‘vulgar’”.
I’ve never seen the later version before! Didn’t even know there was one. Neato.
I finally finished Hannibal Rising (gone are the days when I’d stay up all night to finish a book, even a dumb one), and it was a significant improvement over the movie. Instead of broody sexy dark Gaspard Ulliel, teenage/young adult Hannibal is just a petulant smartass, and it’s hilarious. The antagonists are less ham-fisted, and the big reveal at the end isn’t so heavy-handed. It’s almost a blink-and-you-miss-it moment as opposed to a grandiose and lazy, “This why he eats people omg!!1!.”
The book is more subtle in most things with the exception of Lady Murasaki’s portrayal. There’s so much othering of her it almost felt like I was reading weeaboo fanfic (drink every time Harris mentions perfumed kimonos, tea, bathing rituals, samurai armor or weaponry, haikus, or ikebana and you will be dead).
But Hannibal Rising has my favorite character in the whole series, Inspector Popil. He has precisely zero fucks to give about Hannibal and looks like Louis Jourdan. I hope we get a glimpse of him in the series (A++ if Dominic West reprised the role).
"My children are not only my little darlings but off-shoots of myself. When I look at them, I have a strange feeling - as if I am watching myself re-living my life. What I want to show is their ‘living form’." - Hideaki Hamada
2012/12 “Haru and Mina/Hideaki Hamada’s Family Album”, Taiwan