Friday, October 2, 2009

Clara Stealey's Diary - January 12, 1910

"January 12. -

Cried all morning. Couldn't help it. The tears would come with all my trying to hold them back. Asked papa again but he said, "No". Couldn't go to school on account of the condition my eyes were in. Wrote Tom a note telling him I was awfully sorry I couldn't go. Don't know whether he will care or not. I told him to go and have a good time. Mama told me I could get the suit(?) down to Fishers if I wanted it. Now that she has given her consent I don't know whether to take it or not. Suppose I shall though as there is nothing else in town for me to get and I want one badly. John Sleniaker was up and spent the evening. Lelia was here a little while, too. Elsie came home this evening."

found photograph (postcard of actress Julia Marlowe)

Man Ray, Larmes (Tears), Paris, 1930-32, Gelatin silver print, 9 x 11 3/4 in.

"Like the emotive expression of a silent screen star in a film still, the woman's plaintive upward glance and mascara-encrusted lashes seem intended to invoke wonder at the cause of her distress. The face, however, belongs not to a real woman but to a fashion mannequin who cries tears of glistening, round glass beads; the effect is to aestheticize the sentiment her tears would normally express. Man Ray made this photograph in Paris around the time of his breakup with his lover Lee Miller, and the woman's false tears may relate to that event in the artist's life." (source: The Getty)

Man Ray, Le retour à la raison
(Return to Reason) 1923

Kiki of Montparnasse (Alice Prin)

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