Rock the Boat

“Only the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat”
Jean-Paul Sartre

 
 

Robert Pattinson on the set of Little Ashes (Paul Morrison, 2008)

 
 

Still from Little Ashes, where Pattinson plays the painter Salvador Dalí

 
 

Javier Beltrán as Federico García Lorca

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Venus’ Sterile Efforts and Little Ashes

“Remember me when you are at the beach and above all when you paint crackling things and little ashes. Oh my little ashes! Put my name in the picture so that my name will serve for something in the world.”

Lines from a letter written by García Lorca to Salvador Dalí in July 1927. The entire letter and others can be found in Sebastian’s ArrowsLetters and Mementos of Salvador Dalí and Federico García Lorca (2005), edited by Christopher Maurer.

 
 

Cenicitas (Little Ashes), Salvador Dalí, 1927.

It was originally called The Birth of Venus, before being changed to Sterile Efforts and then finally Cenicitas. Dalí painted this while he was in military service, it’s a collection of memories. Regarding the flies in the picture, he said: “…the doses of action that God uses to indicate men the way to one of the most intricate laws of the universe”

 
 

Before the movie Little Ashes (Paul Morrison, 2008) begins, there is an opening caption of that reads the lines mentioned above.

Some Seaside Medicine

“You are a Christian storm and you are in need of some of my paganism […] I will go get you and give you some seaside medicine. It will be winter and we will light a fire. The poor beasts will be trembling with the cold. You will recall that you are an inventor of marvelous things and we will live together with a portrait machine…”

Salvador Dalí wrote these passionate lines in the summer of 1928 to his close friend Federico García Lorca.