“The master continued to live” …

Vrubel’s portrait of the Russian poet Valery Bryusov, 1906.
Bryusov later described the work on the portrait as follows:
The door opened, and Vrubel came in. He entered with a wrong, heavy gait as if he was dragging his feet. To tell the truth, I was shocked when I saw Vrubel. It was a frail and sick person in a dirty, crumpled shirt. He had a reddish face and bird of prey eyes; protruding hair instead of a beard. First impression: crazy! <...> In real life, all small Vrubel's movement reflected his disorder. However, when his hand took a pencil or a lump of coal, it became very steady and confident. Lines that he drew were infallible.
His artistic strength survived everything else in him. The human died, was destroyed, but the master continued to live.
During the first session, the first draft was already finished. I am really sorry that nobody thought of taking a picture of this dark drawing. It was almost even more remarkable in terms of performance, facial expression, and similarity than the later portrait painted with coloured pencils.
The portrait of Vrubel by Valentin Serov.
Started from life-modelling in 1906 and was published in 1907

Why women kill …

Thank you ALIBI – we were huge fans of Desperate Housewives and, once again ***** five stars for this series, which ticked all the boxes.

Lucy Liu, Ginnifer Goodwin and Kirby Howell-Baptiste arrive at the premiere of CBS All Access’ “Why Women Kill” at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on 7 August, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
A darkly comedic drama detailing the lives of three women living in three different decades: a housewife in the 60s, a socialite in the 80s, and a lawyer in 2019, each dealing with infidelity in their marriages.