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Judith as told by Lovis, part 1

03 Jan

Now we can look at telling the entire story – without giving anything away.   This is the magnum opus of Lovis Corinth.   And it may take a couple of days to explain.   Because magnum opi are like that.

Lovis Corinth, “Chambri and Charmi Visiting Judith,” 1910, Lithograph from an illustrated book, page 45.9 x 36.6 cm, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, USA

Lovis Corinth, “Judith being dressed by her maid,” 1910, Lithograph from an illustrated book, page 45.9 x 36.6 cm, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, US

Lovis Corinth was a German painter and printmaker whose work combined impressionism and expressionism.   Although the majority of his works are large canvases, he published a book of with lavish illustrations of the Book of Judith.   Using Martin Luther’s translation of the story, he depicted pivotal scenes in twenty-two color lithographs, including eight full-page plates as well as playful vignettes and ornamental initials.

These two pages start the story and, well, introduce nudity right out of the gate – probably to increase readership among the scholarly types.

First, we see Chambri and Charmi visiting Judith.  Corinth took those names from Martin Luther but sounds like a Vegas act to me.  Obviously not the guys to seduce Holofernes.   Judith sent for them to rebuke them for giving up so easily in God.

Judith:  Dudes, what the hell?  You gave Holofernes 5 days and then we are giving up if no help arrives?  What kind of help are you expecting?  Locusts?  Sandstorm?  Dirt devil?

Chambri:  I dunno, I figured it would take me 5 days to have sex with all the women I’ve been lusting after all these years.

Charmi:  And I just scored some big bags of weed so I figured it would take me 5 days to smoke it all.  Four days, actually – plus one to binge on lasagne and cookies.

Next we see Judith has decided these numb nuts will not be able to save the city, so she takes matters into her own hands.  Which begins by putting The Maid to work.

Judith:  Get out the paint, Hazel,  I’m going out on the prowl.

Hazel:  But Miz Judith, you haven’t been out of the house in years.

Judith:  Yes, I know.  I feel a little out of date.  But that Bette Davis look is timeless, so do me up like Baby Jane.

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