Introduction

The Diary of One Who Disappeared is the title of a song cycle written by the Czech composer Leoš Janáček. One of the purposes of this site is to be a sort of diary where I can keep a record of some of the things that I have spent my time doing, as well as memories that I want to preserve. The tabs above also contain some essays that I have written on subjects that interest me.

Although I am English I have disappeared from my native land and now split my life between my house in the south west of France and an apartment in the north east of Italy. This gives me the opportunity to take advantage of a range of activities, including attending concerts and operas by favourite composers such as Janáček, Mahler, Stravinsky and others, I go to art exhibitions throughout Europe and love to travel and explore as much as I can.

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Bartók in Bordeaux

At the Auditorium de l’Opera in Bordeaux, France, for an excellent Bartók concert by the Orchestre National Bordeaux under Michail Jurowski.

Bartok Bordeaux

Beethoven: Coriolan overture; Bartók: Miraculous Mandarin Suite; Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra

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Postcards from San Sebastián, Spain

San Sebastián is a beautiful coastal city in northern Spain. Known as the ‘gastronomic capital’ of the country, it is home to several world-renowned restaurants.

San Sebastian cathedral

San Sebastián cathedral

San Sebastian Playa de la Concha

Playa de la Concha

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‘Van Gogh to Picasso’ at the Guggenheim, Bilbao

At the Guggengheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain for an exhibition of selections from the Thannhauser Collection from the Guggenheim, New York. The collection was donated by the German-born art dealer Justin Thannhauser and his wife Hilde and is particularly rich in Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art.

Edouard Manet 'Before the Mirror' (1876)

Edouard Manet ‘Before the Mirror’ (1876)

Vincent van Gogh 'Mountains at Saint-Remy' (1889)

Vincent van Gogh ‘Mountains at Saint-Remy’ (1889)

Paul Gauguin 'Haere Mai' (1891)

Paul Gauguin ‘ Haere Mai’ (1891)

Paul Cezanne 'Bibemus' (1894 - 95)

Paul Cezanne ‘Bibemus’ (1894 – 95)

Pablo Picasso 'Le Moulin de la Galette' (1900)

Pablo Picasso ‘Le Moulin de la Galette’ (1900)

George Braques 'Guitar, Glass and Fruit Dish on Sideboard' (1919)

Georges Braque ‘Guitar, Glass and Fruit Dish on Sideboard’ (1919)

Picasso 'Woman with Yellow Hair' (1931)

Pablo Picasso ‘Woman with Yellow Hair’ (1931)

Also an opportunity to see a retrospective of the works of the Swiss-born sculptor Alberto Giacometti, including his famous ‘Walking Man’

Alberto Giacometti 'Walking Man I (1960)

Alberto Giacometti ‘Walking Man I’ (1960)

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A Postcard from Narbonne, south of France

Narbonne Cathedral

St. Just and St. Pasteur Cathedral, Narbonne, begun in 1272

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‘Picasso, Donner à voir’ in Montpellier

At Musée Fabre in Montpellier, south of France, for the fascinating ‘Picasso, Donner à voir’ exhibition. It looks at the whole of Picasso’s career by examining fourteen milestone moments in which a new style emerged or he began a fresh direction in his artistic practise.

It begins with Picasso as a teenager painting in Spain, moves on to his arrival in Paris and continues through the blue period, ‘Demoiselles d’Avignon’, Cubism, the return to classicism after World War I, Surrealism, the ‘Guernica’ period and his late career.

Picasso 'Self-Portrait' (1896)

Pablo Picasso ‘Self-Portrait’ (1896)

Picasso 'Woman Ironing' (1901)

Pablo Picasso ‘Woman Ironing’ (1901)

Picasso 'Three Figures under a Tree' (1907 - 08)

Pablo Picasso ‘Three Figures under a Tree’ (1907 – 08)

Picasso 'Still-Life with Chair Caning' (1912)

Pablo Picasso ‘Still-Life with Chair Caning’ (1912)

Picasso 'Pan's Flute' (1923)

Pablo Picasso ‘Pan’s Flute’ (1923)

Picasso 'Harlequin Musician' (1924)

Pablo Picasso ‘Harlequin Musician’ (1924)

Picasso 'Portrait of Marie-Thérèse' (1937)

Pablo Picasso ‘Portrait of Marie-Thérèse’ (1937)

Picasso 'Women of Algiers, after Delacroix' (version H, 1955)

Pablo Picasso ‘Women of Algiers, after Delacroix’ (version H, 1955)

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Ravel and Poulenc in Montcabrier

In Montcabrier in the Lot , south-west France, for the ‘8 de Montcabrier’ festival. An extremely enjoyable concert with wind quintet and the excellent pianist Morgane Fauchois-Prado.

Bach: ‘Suite francais no.2’; Ravel: ‘Tombeau de Couperin; Poulenc: ‘Sextet for piano and wind quintet’.

8 de Montcabrier festivalMontcabrier

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Musée des Beaux-Arts, Tournai

The Musée des Beaux-Arts in Tournai has an eclectic collection of paintings from all periods but is especially rich in modern art, having the only two works by Manet exhibited in Belgium.

Edouard Manet 'Argenteuil' (1874)

Edouard Manet ‘Argenteuil’ (1874)

Edouard Manet 'The Pere Lathuille Restaurant' (1879)

Edouard Manet ‘The Père Lathuilk Restaurant’ (1879)

Henri Fantin-Latour 'L'etude. Portrait of Sarah Elizabeth Budgett' (1883)

Henri Fantin-Latour ‘L’etude. Portrait of Sarah Elizabeth Budgett’ (1883)

Seurat 'Beach at Bas Butin, Honfleur' (1886)

Georges Seurat ‘Beach at Bas Butin, Honfleur’ (1886)

James Ensor 'Pierrot and Skeletons' (c.1905 - 07)

James Ensor ‘Pierrot and Skeletons’ (c.1905 – 07)

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