|Kabaret Zielonego Balonika (1908) by Kazimierz Sichulski|
I discovered this magnificent painting by Kazimierz Sichulski this week and couldn't get over how beautiful it was. Titled Kabaret Zielonego Balonika, or the Green Balloon Cabaret, was created in celebration of a cabaret that was targeted only for the cultural elite. As you can imagine by eliminating the openness that came with most performances the cabaret was quickly subject to all manner of dark rumors.
Those who couldn't get into a performance of this play whispered that you could see everything from orgies to the most perverse style of performance you could imagine. With such rumors circling about the performance it was only natural that it's advocates would soon begin releasing works that celebrated the rumor far more than the fact. Songs, poems, essays, plays, and even paintings that presented a hedonistic explosion of creativity began showing up throughout the artistic community of the time. This fantastic painting with it's devils and debautchery is but one of the many - though it does happen to be one of my favorites.
What about you?