I went to the Permeke library in the center of Antwerp yesterday evening and loaned these:
- Les Symbolistes (Serge Baudiffier; Jean-Marc Debenedetti , 1990)
- Sade / Surreal
- Ghislaine Wood’s Art Nouveau and the Erotic
- Owen S. Rachleff ‘s The Occult in Art
- William Rubin ‘s Primitivism in 20th Century Art
Two of these books I had already loaned, the work by Rachleff, which is excellent, and the sublime Sade / Surreal, which I’ve mentioned before here. Sade/Surreal is a pricey book (a French bookseller currently wants more than 300 EUR for it, but a German vendor is currently letting it go for less than 40 Euros, which is a bargain, if you have deep pockets, consider buying it for me as a present). For the last hour of so, I’ve been updating my wiki with the names found on the opening and closing pages of the book (pictured below), which reads like a who’s who of Sadean thought, a summa sadeica, as it were.
Opening and closing page of Sade/Surreal
There were only a couple of names I could not identify, any help is welcome: Retz (either Gilles de Rais, or the cardinal with the same name, Young (perhaps Mr. Young of Night Thoughts?), de Saint Martin, Bertrand (probably Aloysius Bertrand ?) and Constant (Constantin Meunier?). The rest is indentified.
Also in the same book is the engraving below, which I find lovely, like a cake-building or a building of collapsing blubbery wet clay.
Tomb of Pompeii by Jean-Baptiste Tierce, 1766