Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Whose Eyes?

In thinking about her role as an artist, I share two of Natacha Rambova's sketches (see below)...whose torso is this? Whose eyes has she drawn? Some of her most captivating sketch work can been seen in her Egyptian notebooks. Although Mark Hasselriis was her official epigrapher, she sketched continually throughout her field research days. Some of her colorful sketches from her Egyptian notebooks are included in Beyond Valentino which Michael Morris negotiated permission to use from her archive in Yale University. 

I found these particularly well done. 

Below... Mark Hasselriis when Natacha hired him in Egypt. There are a few more pictures of him in the book. In Egypt Natacha was called, "Sitt Muder" or great leader which Mark said was a high compliment because few women ever were referred to in that way.