Mephisto’s Hymn to Beauty’ (Illustration for Klaus Mann‘s ‘Mephisto’: Klaus Mann on the opium pipe; Mephisto is reciting Baudelaire while Pincess Tebab begins the prologue)
This year marks the 145 year of Charles Baudelaire’s death. Eminent poet on the direction of modern French (and English) language literature at the turning point toward Modern culture. Praise of Cosmeticsespoused, “Woman performs a kind of duty when she endeavors to appear magical and supernatural; she should dazzle men and charm them; she is an idol who should be covered with gold in order to be worshiped.”
Fascination with such drugs as hashish and opium united with all artistic endeavors well into the 20th Century.