Sleeping girl, sleeping father

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Photo of “Sleeping Girl” at the oldest cemetery in Athens. (Philip Jameson)

My friend Philip Jameson, the photographer, saw my post of sad sculptures and sent this shot he took in Athens of the “Sleeping Girl,” lightly brushed by sun. Philip’s fond belief is that the sculptor was the girl’s father, and that he was so distraught after discovering he had carved the work two inches short of the width of the tomb that he committed suicide.

Philip has visited the tomb regularly since 1960 after wedding his wife, who is Greek. The tragedy is poignant, the beautiful word he uses to describe the beautiful sculpture. It is almost as if the girl beneath the sculpture has arisen from her grave. That is a somber but pleasing thought on Easter, for me in particular as my wife Victoria’s dear father, Laszlo Somlo, who was like a father to me, passed away on Good Friday. We buried him at Swan Point later the same day. We do not believe he will rise to life again. That does not mean we do not wish it. A man truly well loved, he lives in our memories.

Laszlo loved classical music and opera. Next time you hear music you love, please think a kind thought on his behalf.

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Close-up of “Sleeping Girl.” (pinterest.com)

About David Brussat

For a living, I edit the writing of some of the nation's leading architects, urbanists and design theorists. This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. My freelance writing and editing on that topic and others addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, and a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to invest your prose with even more style and clarity, please email me at my consultancy, dbrussat@gmail.com, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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2 Responses to Sleeping girl, sleeping father

  1. Such an amazing art form, and more powerful in that the vast majority of us (Bernie’s 99%) go elsewhere to see sculpture, as opposed to music, paintings, film, video, etc. which we can have in our homes. So amazing to see sculptures where shoulders or paws or whatever have been rubbed to another shade or sheen by admirers. Can’t beat 3-D art that also includes touch.

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  2. Please publish the link to your column on sad sculpture. I seem to have missed it.

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