Hi Toads and pond followers! Fireblossom here with another Fireblossom Friday. Today we'll be doing ekfra...eckphra...um...ekphrasis! For this, we'll seek to be inspired by the art of Gerda Wegener!
Some of you may have seen or at least heard of the current movie "The Danish Girl." No, it isn't about breakfast pastries. It's about artist couple Einar and Gerda Wegener. Einar's story is remarkable, as Einar became Lily Elbe and gave up art, feeling it was something of Einar's. However, we'll be concerning ourselves with Gerda's work, which is flamboyant, colorful, and erotic. Interesting fact: Lily became her favorite model!
Her work was quite popular in the early 20th century. She was a sought-after illustrator, with her work appearing in such magazines as Vogue.
By the 1930s, however, her jazz age art had fallen out of style, and by the time of her death in 1940, Gerda had fallen into obscurity.
Luckily for us, though, she was rediscovered by accident! To my irritation, I can't find the source I found when I was researching this a few days ago, so please bear with me, but someone found one of her old canvases in storage somewhere, or at an estate sale, or something of that nature. Again, apologies for not saving the source, so I could be more specific about this. The result isn't in doubt--her paintings have enjoyed a resurgence.
For this challenge, choose any art created by Gerda Wegener, whether one of these that I've included, or another from some other source. Be advised, if you're prone to blush, that much of her art is plainly erotic in nature. I've kept my examples here to the ones rated "G". Write a new poem inspired by her work, and link up. That's it! Have fun, and Happy New Year. (Did you think I'd post some tiresome prompt about new beginnings? Pffft!)
One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.