The only exception I know is the case,
when I’m out on a quiet spree,
fighting vainly the old ennui
and I suddenly turn and see,
your fabulous face.
I Get a Kick Out of You – Cole Porter
An exhibit at The Neue Galerie, that is dedicated to German and Austrian early 20th century art and design branches out from the usual program to bring together the marvelous heads by Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, 1736-1783. A strange fellow – he went mad, it seems. Certainly, these heads he created were not the stuff of court and bourgeois portraiture of his day. Ahead of his time?
I have seen pictures and examples of his heads off and on over the years – it was a treat to see so many close up all at once. The Wiener Werkstatte postcards were nice too.