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Erik and Suzanne

Posted in Music, Painting with tags , on September 25, 2015 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

One of Suzanne Valadon’s first oil paintings, the charmingly naive portrait of Erik Satie commemorates a brief, intense love affair between the two. In return Satie composed the song “Bonjour, Biqui, Bonjour!” and adorned the autograph score with a cartoon portrait of her. It is unlikely that Valadon ever heard the song or saw the manuscript, which was found in Satie’s effects at his death. The affair lasted six months, though he continued to send her love letters for some thirty years and is not known to have had another love. Valadon’s self-portrait below dates from the same époque.


Posted in Drawing with tags , on November 10, 2012 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

Illustrations for Erik Satie: Poèmes et Chansons, 1969

Hôtel de la Suzonnière

Posted in Drawing with tags on November 10, 2012 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

Satie by Picabia

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on November 10, 2012 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

Satie’s note reads:

La musique de “Relâche”? J’y dépeins des personnages
“en vadrouille”. Pour cela, je me suis servi de thèmes populaires.
Ces thèmes sont fortement “évocateurs”… Oui: tres “évocateurs”. “Speciaux”, même.
Les “timorés” — & autres “moralistes” — me reprocheront l’emploi de
ces thèmes. Je n’ai pas à m’occuper de l’opinion de telles gens….
……. Les “têtes de veau” réactionnaires lanceront leurs fulminations.
Peuh!… Je ne tolère qu’un juge: le public. Il reconnaîtra ces thèmes
& ne sera nullement choqué de les entendre…. N’est-il pas “humain”?..
……. Je ne voudrais pas faire rougir un homard, ni un oeuf.
Que ceux, qui auraient la crainte de ces “évocations”, se retirent:…
j’avais honte de troubler les eaux tranquilles & suaves de leur sereine
candeur… Je suis trop aimable, pour désirer leur déplaire.

An artist must organise his life.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on November 9, 2012 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

Here is the exact timetable of my daily activities.

Get up: 7:18 am; be inspired 10:23 to 11:47 am.

Take lunch: 12:11 pm; leave table at 12:14 pm.

Healthy horse-riding out in the grounds: 1:19 to 2:53 pm

More inspiration: 3:12 to 4:07 pm.

Various activities (fencing, reflection, immobility, visits, contemplation, swimming etc.): 4:21 to 6:47 pm.

Dinner is served at 7:16 and ends at 7:20 pm

Then come symphonic readings out loud 8:09 to 9:49 pm.

I go to bed regularly at 10:37 pm. Once a week on Tuesdays I wake with a start at 3:19 am

I can only eat white foods: eggs, sugar, scraped bones, fat from dead animals, veal, salt, coconuts, chicken cooked in white water, rice, turnips, things like pasta, white cheese, cotton salad and certain fish.

I boil my wine and drink it cold mixed with fuchsia juice. I have a good appetite, but never talk while eating, for fear of strangling myself.

I breathe carefully a little at a time.

My sleep is deep but I keep one eye open. My bed is round with a hole cut out to let my head through. Once every hour a servant takes my temperature.

I have long subscribed to a fashion magazine. I wear a white bonnet, white stockings and a white waistcoat.

My doctor has always told me to smoke. Part of his advice runs “Smoke away, my dear chap. If you don’t someone else will.”

–Erik Satie


Shades of Montmartre #1

Posted in Painting with tags , , on July 13, 2012 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

Erik Satie, 1891
by Ramón Casas i Carbó