“I am an excitable person who only understands life lyrically, musically, in whom feelings are much stronger as reason. I am so thirsty for the marvelous that only the marvelous has power over me. Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go. Reality doesn’t impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.”
“A kiss may ruin a human life”
Irish Poet, Novelist, Dramatist and Critic
Le Baiser, 1886
Auguste Toulmouche (September 21, 1829 – October 16, 1890) was a French Painter.
He studied with Charles Gleyre and is known mainly for his portraits of Parisian women; Emile Zola spoke of “Toulmouche’s delicious dolls.”
He was named a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour.
“There were always in me, two women at least, one woman desperate and bewildered, who felt she was drowning and another who would leap into a scene, as upon a stage, conceal her true emotions because they were weaknesses, helplessness, despair, and present to the world only a smile, an eagerness, curiosity, enthusiasm, interest.”