Woman of a strong sex drive (part 1)

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She was Russian. Her name was Elena Ivanovna Diakonova.

She was born in 1894 in Kazan but spent her childhood in Moscow.

Her father died when she was eleven years old. Her mother, who had three more children, then married a lawyer. He loved his wife and her children very much.

Elena was a brilliant student.  She completed her studies at the M.G. Brukhonenko academy for young women with a very high average mark.

Unfortunately, she had tuberculosis and in 1912 her family moved her into the Clavadel sanatorium in Switzerland.

In the sanatorium she met a French guy of her age and they fell in love. Both of them were discharged in 1914 and went to their countries but in 1917 they met in Paris and married. The following year their daughter Cecile was born.

Her husband Paul Eluard became a poet and was close to the leading figures of the surrealist movement: Andre Breton, Philippe Soupault and Louis Aragon.

“In 1921 Éluard and Gala visited artist Max Ernst in Cologne (Germany). She became his model and lover, at the same time remaining the wife of Paul Éluard. Next year the artist moved to Éluard’s house in Val-d’Oise (France). The love triangle was not in the least concealed.”
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Max Ernst painted her in a number of portraits.
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In 1929 Elena met her future second husband, a painter. He was introduced to Paul Eluard by Camille Goemans, a Belgian poet and gallery owner.

When the painter met Elena it was love at first sight. He wrote: “She was destined to be my Gradiva (the name comes from the title of a novel by W. Jensen, the main character of which was Sigmund Freud; Gradiva was the book’s heroine and it was her who brought psychological healing to the main character), the one who moves forward, my victory, my wife”.

The name of the painter was Salvador Dali. His future wife, muse and female model became known to the world as Gala Dali.

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Unique paintings?!

After publishing the story “ULTIMATUM” I decided to check further how my first digital paintings (made in January and February of 2014) look after processing with the kaleidoscope effect.

I want to stress one more time that before January 2014 I’ve never painted anything and I believed that I had no chance to learn how to paint.

However, I met many good artists in different countries and some of them highly valued my opinions of their art (there are still very polite and patient people).

Tonight I can proudly state that all my paintings are unique. For 80 years of my lives I produced less than 20 paintings. So I think that collectors must pay a lot for each of them.

My discovery of the painting and photo editing program with the kaleidoscope effect allowed me to produce more interesting unique paintings in seconds.

Below are kaleidoscope paintings based on my 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th paintings.

Please let me know which of them you like. Thank you!

BASED ON THE 1ST PAINTING

EDITED 5TH PAINTING

 

BASED ON THE SIXTH PAINTING

EDITED 6TH PAINTING

 

BASED ON THE 8TH PAINTING

EDITED 7TH PAINTING

 

BASED ON THE 5TH PAINTING

EDITED 8TH PAINTING

 

 

Dangerous paintings (part 2)

In the post DANGEROUS PAINTINGS (PART 1) I told you about an article by Pauline Larina.
She wrote in the article that American artist XYZ (I chose these letters instead of his real name because there are artists with the same name) blackmailed rich people by threats to write their portraits. People were afraid of him because many of his customers died after he made their portraits.
Pauline also mentioned ILYA REPIN, the famous Russian artist of the 19th century.
Soon after he finished portraits of composer Mussorgsky, surgeon Pirogov, politician Stolypin all of them died.
Writer Vsevolod Garshin jumped into the stairwell after Repin wrote a sketch of him for his famous painting “Ivan the Terrible kills his son”.
Repin asked many friends to pose in his another famous painting “Cossacks writing a letter to the Turkish Sultan”. Soon after the first exhibition of the painting  many of them died.
But it is not everything in the article. Larina mentions some other facts (if they are really facts) and tells how people tried to explain them. I’ll tell you about it in the “Dangerous paintings (part 3)”.
PC PAINTING 10/14/2014             by JF

HAPPY PC PAINTING 10/14/2014
by JF

Dangerous paintings (part 1)

My friend who lives in Niagara Falls sent me an email with an article written in Russian by Pauline Larina.

She says in the article that recently well-known actor Bradley Cooper during audit could not explain for what he paid $300,000 to artist XYZ (I can’t give the real name in the article because I found on internet several artists with this name).

Later under pressure from the media Bradley Cooper said that he paid money to the artist for the promise not to paint his portrait.

it was found that several other celebrities paid large sums of money to the same artist to prevent his painting of their portraits.

Why did they do it?

Almost 30 years ago XYZ painted a portrait of a couple. His customers praised the portrait and hanged it in their living room. And six months later they died in a car accident.

Later journalists discovered that about 60% of people whose portraits XYZ painted did not die a natural death.

The story became public and XYZ  found himself on the verge of poverty.

He offered several rich people to paint their portraits. They politely refused. This did not stop XYZ. He created their portraits and sent to them. Portraits came back immediately together with checks and requests to destroy them and not to paint new portraits.

For many years XYZ enjoyed a very good lifestyle.

Is he still getting money from frightened rich people?

Pauline did not say anything about it.

Should we believe the story? What’s your opinion?

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