Reasons -by morfeas9

I just wanna quickly address two issues that have got me troubled. Firstly, how much of an artist’s biography should be related to his work? Do traumatic experiences always have to be exposed as the reason behind the work’s creation? Secondly, why do we always assume that an artist should have such traumas in order to be more creative? Are artists alienated, melancholic figures? I took the example of Edith Piaf and her greatly publisized personal life, full of misfortunate events for contemplation. Any conclusions?

Édith Piaf (19 December 1915—10 October 1963) was a French singer and cultural icon who is widely accepted as the country’s greatest pop singer. Her singing reflected her tragic life, with her specialty being the poignant ballad performed in a heartbreaking voice.

-She was born on the pavement of Rue de Belleville 72.                             

-Piaf’s parents soon abandoned her, and she lived for a short time with her maternal grandmother.                 

-Before enlisting with the French Army in 1916 to fight in World War I, her father took Piaf to her mother, who ran a Normandy brothel. The prostitutes helped look after Piaf.                              

-From the age of three to seven, Piaf was allegedly blind as a result of keratitis. She recovered her sight after her grandmother’s prostitutes pooled money to send her on a pilgrimage honoring Saint Thérèse de Lisieux, resulting in a miraculous healing.                     

-She firstly became a street singer in Pigalle, Ménilmontant, and the Paris suburbs.                         

-At 17, she had her only child, a girl named Marcelle, who died of meningitis at age two. Like her mother, Piaf found it difficult to care for a child while living a life of the streets, so she often left Marcelle alone while she was away.                       

-Piaf’s boyfriend was a pimp named Albert who took a commission from the money she made singing in exchange for not forcing her into prostitution. One of her friends, a girl named Nadia, killed herself when faced with the thought of becoming a prostitute, and Albert nearly shot Piaf when she ended the relationship in reaction to Nadia’s death.                     

-On April 6, 1936, Leplée, the one who fist employed her as a singer, was murdered and Piaf was questioned in the matter and accused of being an accessory. He had been killed by mobsters with previous ties to Piaf. This resulted in much negative media attention directed towards Piaf, which threatened her career.                          

-During World War II, she was a frequent performer at German Forces social gatherings in occupied France, and many considered her a traitor.                        

-The great love of Piaf’s life, the married boxer Marcel Cerdan, died in a plane crash in October 1949, while flying from New York City to Paris to meet her. Cerdan’s Air France flight, went down in the Azores, killing everyone on board.                

-In 1951 Piaf was involved in a car crash breaking an arm and two ribs, and thereafter had difficulty breaking serious morphine and alcohol addictions. Two more near-fatal car crashes exacerbated the situation.                 

-Piaf died of liver cancer at Plascassier, on the French Riviera, on 10 October 1963. She had slipped in and out of consciousness for the last months of her life. It is said that Sarapo drove her body back to Paris secretly so that fans would think she had died in her hometown.                              

-She was denied a funeral mass by the Roman Catholic archbishop of Paris because of her lifestyle. 

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4 responses to “Reasons -by morfeas9

  1. Μαριλένα

    Ετσι όπως ετόνισες τις λέξεις εθύμισες μου αρχαία τραγωδία: ύβρις τίσις νέμεσις!
    Ενδιαφέρον τα ερωτήματα σου, παντα απασχολούσε με τζαι μένα το πόση έμφαση πρέπει να δίνουμε στη ζωή ενός καλλιτέχνη. Βασικά πιστεύκω ότι τα βιώματα παίζουν ουσιαστικό ρόλο στη τέχνη του. Κάποιοι έν είχαν τζαι την καλύτερη ζωή ή η μουντή ατμόσφαιρα στα έργα τους εν αποτέλεσμα του κοινωνικού προβληματισμού τους. Αλλά σίουρα εν πρεπει να είσαι μελαγχολικός για να είσαι δημιουργiκός τζαι να φκάλεις κάτι αξιόλογο even though there’s beauty in sadness.

  2. Μαριλένα

    Εδώ εν ένα ποιήμα που επηρεάστηκε που ένα περίπατο τζαι δείχνει την αγάπη του ποιήτη για τη συγκεκριμένη εποχή

    To Autumn – John Keats

    Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
    Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
    Conspiring with him how to load and bless
    With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run;
    To bend with apples the mossed cottage-trees,
    And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
    To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
    With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
    And still more, later flowers for the bees,
    Until they think warm days will never cease,
    For Summer has o’er-brimmed their clammy cell.

    Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
    Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
    Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
    Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
    Or on a half-reaped furrow sound asleep,
    Drowsed with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
    Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers;
    And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
    Steady thy laden head across a brook;
    Or by a cider-press, with patient look,
    Thou watchest the last oozings, hours by hours.

    Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
    Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,–
    While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
    And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
    Then in a wailful choir, the small gnats mourn
    Among the river sallows, borne aloft
    Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
    And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
    Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
    The redbreast whistles from a garden-croft,
    And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.

  3. Nice… a bit nostalgic! Born under the Saturn en ena passage pu kati filosofus pu en thimume to onoma tus… lali pos since ancient years there seems to be a connection between creativity and neurotic behaviour. Oi arxaioi ellines epistefkan pos i kallitexnes egeniuntan under Saturn o opios ediusen tus tin pellara tus.:P

  4. 8a simfoniso me to proto comment tis marilenas…

    if your art does not come from your personal experiences i do not know what does!

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