Friday, March 16, 2012

The Courtship of Mr Lyon and excerpt La Belle et La Bête

This picture is one of my older drawings.  One of my favourite stories from The Bloody Chamber  by Angela Carter  is The Courtship of Mr Lyon, which is a re-imagining of Beauty and
the Beast.   At the time I loved Art Nouveau and the Arts and Crafts Movement, William Morris, etc.  It's a subject I may re-visit one day as I'm not entirely satisfied with this.  I would probably change the lion now.
Below is an excerpt from Jean Cocteau's 1946 film of La Belle et la Bete.  This scene is exquisite.  Belle has just been delivered to the Beast's castle.  The furniture moves of its own accord, the curtains blow in slow motion, even the doors and mirrors speak to her....Magic.

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