Just been to an interesting Man Ray exhibition at the beautiful Hayama Museum Of Modern Art just down the coast from Kamakura.

If it weren’t for the fearful, almost hostile women patrolling the gallery

public art enemy no 1

I would have taken and put up a picture of the beautiful Sleeping by Schiaparelli- a parfum bottle of which was standing next to some exquisite Lucien Lelong and Guerlain Lius and Shalimars for aesthetic and historical context ( he also photographed Chanel )

The perfume looked so much better in the museum’s glass cabinet : damn those women for making me feel like Osama Bin Laden – might have to go back

I felt such a fierce longing to smell the liquid in that housed off, security alarmed bottle ; three quarters full, I wonder what it is like ? What a great antidote / riposte to Shocking : ‘Sleeping’: fitting so well with the portraits of Dali, Cocteau, Juliette Greco – a lovely photograph of Catherine Deneuve, many of Kiki de Montparnasse

Immersed in the artist’s Dadaist/ surrealist creative fertility, leaving the space for the sea air I feel stimulated, energized : awake


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15 responses to “SLEEPING by SCHIAPARELLI (1938)

  1. Joan Gillies

    It is a dreary Sunday morning and I have a painful foot. Now, however, I have Sleeping and Hayama to explore on world wide web. Those pesky museum ladies will not be able to thwart me…thank you!

  2. Nelleke Oepkes aka Booknose

    Waking up with Sleeping by the Black Narcissus. In my old high shipbunk bed …
    And a wonderful trip down MeMory Lane.
    So strange to grow old (what’s in an expression?!) and to discover that everything living grows old along with me!
    I still don’t know what it smells like; have to look it up.
    But how exciting to have a mystery scent never to be revealed.

  3. Love the illustrations for Sleeping!

  4. From Fragrantica: Sleeping was launched in 1938. Top notes are Bergamot and Galbanum; middle notes are Rose, Jasmine, Magnolia, Orange Blossom, Carnation & Ylang-Ylang; base notes are Patchouli, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Amber, Vanilla, Musk & Oakmoss.
    The notes sound exquisite.
    No reviews but someone did remark that it reminded them of my fave hidden gem, Elizabeth Arden 5th Avenue.
    Thank you for sharing your visit to the Hayama museum, always wanted to go (even with the meanie art matrons).

  5. Oh such gorgeous images! I have been on the hunt for a bottle of Sleeping for ages, they always sell for so much whenever one rarely comes up on eBay. I love how you have the photo of D as well, perfectly in sync with the other ManRay images.

  6. Robin

    I am captivated by all this, Neil. This all feels like the best possible perfume dream. Oh, to grab that bottle and splash the perfume on skin and have the scent in a cloud around me, even to feel the glass. I would salivate in its presence even from a distance. What sweet agony. Photos add to the dreamlike scenario. Thank you!

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