Pierre-Auguste Renoir painting at his studio, 1915. (video)
During this period, Renoir worked in constant pain due to severe rheumatoid arthritis, a condition that left him unable to walk, with a permanently clenched hand, and near-paralyzed. When asked by Henri Matisse why he kept painting, Renoir replied, “The pain passes, but the beauty remains.”
Baby in Bonnet
(Antonia C. Hughes - good friend of Joanne’s, Jane Campion and daughter Alice Englert)
The amazing Jane Campion. Campion is a director, producer and screenwriter. (The Piano, Bright Star, Sweetie). The extreme beauty of it all. Enough said.
Herbie Hancock- Watermelon Man <Head Hunters, 1973>
The statue of Our Lady of Solitude venerated by the confraternaity of La Soledad in Monóvar, Spain.
Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, The piano, Jane Campion (1993)
"'The Piano' exists on many levels. It's a complex text. One of the levels most apparent to me is that Jane [Campion] has done what I have often seen men do — i.e., a woman gathering herself up, taking responsibility for herself and her sexual needs and her spiritual needs, and taking action to fulfill herself. That has usually been the domain of the man. Jane has gained access to that domain. It's a man's world. I see it that way. And it's to our detriment that it is so. Jane has struck out in a way that has helped me to come closer to an understanding of myself and woman. I am very interested in religious mythology — I'll try not to be too esoteric here — but perhaps I should be. The interpretation of Genesis, the interpretation of the Garden of Eden myth by man — not woman, by man — has formed the thinking of mankind. The Christian and Judaic interpretation of those stories has dictated our morality, our social structure, et cetera, et cetera. Why is it a woman that's the culprit? What nonsense. What utter nonsense. It is that myth that for me Jane Campion has pierced. I think there's room for another interpretation, and we have to provide it. The Jane Campions are beginning to."
-Harvey Keitel on award-winning director Jane Campion (via scifantasy