PART TWO: BRUNELLESCHI ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE WORK OF ALFRED DE MUSSET

You will discover that, whereas with the first instalment (as to poetry) of our review of the Brunelleschi-illustrated full output of Alfred de Musset’s writings (1949), the key is of erotic fantasy, with the 3-volume theatre works the priority has shifted to a more mainstream motive.

Our first instance here of Brunelleschi’s remarkable range, as capturing subtle mood, takes us to a melancholy moment of the play, “A Caprice,” where the tone has, accordingly, undergone a rapid change.

 

Perhaps this pochoir discloses the source of the first illustration’s tears! Brunelleschi’s great sense of color is in full display here. And of course there is his genius for women’s presences sweeping away all other considerations.

 

 

Rococo dalliance with a member of the cleaning staff. Take a closer look at the visages of each of them. Brunelleschi has highlighted a moment which may not have made any impact on an audience beyond the first row.

 

 

This being a clash of values… But the self-possession of the lady with the shopping list is wonderfully rendered by Brunelleschi.

 

 

Faces and attitudes in fascinating contrast and vivacity!

 

 

Look at those kickers! And you thought artists were always destitute. What to make of the accident-in-the-making?! Brunelleschi has feminized the painter, perhaps in the certainty that women are more at home in creative sensibility.

 

 

Here a now-older painter paying homage to a beautiful woman. The illustrator has well embraced the tenets of Romanticism, while at the same time streamlining it to reach twentieth-century readers.

 

 

How many light-years separate this twosome?!

 

 

Made for the footlights! Made to remember!

 

 

Blue skies for a comedy!

 

 

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