JOANNA NEBORSKY OF BROOKLYN CHEWS FLOWERS, DIES

Still making progress with The Invisible Dog portraits. After shooting Joanna Neborsky, we’re just passed the half-way point. (FINAL IMAGE at the bottom)

When Joanna and I met to discuss her portrait, we immediately started thumbing through her book Three Line Novels, which features illustrations of her favorite Félix Fénéon’s three-line ‘novels.’ As described by Mark Batty Publisher, “Félix Fénéon – anarchist, art maven, literary instigator – edited Rimbaud’s Illuminations and was the first to publish James Joyce in French. He was also the author of 1,220 faits-divers that appeared over the course of 1906 in the Paris newspaper Le Matin. As stand-alone pieces, these concise, and often bizarre, three-line reports of death, naval exercises gone awry, petty theft and labor disputes are enigmatic fragments, but when viewed as a whole they form a mosaic of the era in France. The New York Review of Books published Luc Sante’s English translation of these items as Novels in Three Lines, inspiring artist Joanna Neborsky to create illustrations and collages that vivify a selection of the trenchant vignettes.”

Joanna likened his eloquent short stories to early-1900s tweets. Here are my favorite illustrations from her book.
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OF FIVE PERSONS TRAVELING FROM DAMVIX TO ARCAIS,

THREE AND THE HORSES WERE DROWNED, THE PARTY HAVING FALLEN INTO THE RIVER SEINE.

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LOUIS LAMARRE HAD NEITHER A JOB NOR A HOME, BUT HE DID POSSESS A FEW COINS.

AT A GROCERY IN SAINT-DENIS, HE BOUGHT A LITER OF KEROSENE AND DRANK IT.

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IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO BREAK INTO THE SAFE BELONGING TO THE HORTICULTURIST POITEVIN, OF CAMART.

VEXED, THE BURGLARS SET HIS BARN ON FIRE.

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HE HAD BET HE COULD DRINK 15 ABSINTHES IN SUCCESSION WHILE EATING A KILO OF BEEF.

AFTER THE NINTH, THEOPHILE PAPIN OF IVRY COLLAPSED.

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IMAGES FROM THE SHOOT


















FINAL IMAGE

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