Sunday, June 29, 2008

A Beautiful Boy...

Stuart Sutcliffe Estate

That was Stuart Sutcliffe, the "Fifth Beatle." He was John's best friend and traveled with them when they were playing in German clubs. He left the Beatles just before they became famous because of ill health, his love of a photographer named Astrid and his desire to return to painting.

Stu and Astrid were, in my opinion, one of the great love stories of the 20th century. He knew that the Beatles were going to be big, but he also knew it wasn't the right path for him. Astrid is responsible for the "mop top" hair-dos that were popularized by the Fab Four, and her photography had a lot to do with the unique imagery characteristic of their early photos. There's a wonderful movie about their relationship and the rise of the Beatles - BACKBEAT. Stuart died at the age of 22, but left a body of work in the abstract expressionist style that can be seen here. He worked in red most of the time, but my favorite of his work is this untitled black and white image:

I'm feeling a little melancholy tonight, mostly from the ongoing saga with my mom. She's conscious for the first time in a few days, but she's back at the hospital that gave her 5 various infections over the course of 2 months and still hasn't fixed her broken leg.

So, I guess I'm distracting myself with pretty boys - the one thing that makes this life worth living, and I'm thinking about how they die too young, and there is never enough of them to go around. They're a rare and beautiful gift in a world that can be too ugly and too sad to bear. I need a margarita, but I have to be able to get up in the morning to go see mom, so it will have to wait.

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