Collage - Journal 1932...

Collage - Journal 1932...

Friday, May 22, 2009

Henry Miller (1891 - 1980) - Writer - Painter - Traveller

Henry Miller - 1965
(1969 - Paris - Photo C. Bavagnoli)
Henry Miller - his home (Today the Henry Miller Library) is located at Big Sur, California, South of San Fransisco approximately 3 hour drive. Beautiful drive along the Coast. I visit his home/library in Big Sur once - the year was 1989 and it was the last year of his closest friend Emil White (who founded the library in 1981 after Henry Millers death. Henry White was a writer, a publisher and an artist who was known for his paintings of the Big Sur coast of California)- I was fortunate to meet him briefly. Henry Miller known as one of U.S. great writers....

"The Tropic of Cancer" - this book made him famous - note the text on the book cover - Not To Be Imported Into Great Britain or U.S.A. - and we know why......Anyways, he was actually a perfectly well skilled painter...
. Henry Miller - 1949 - Poseidon
Henry Miller - 1946
Henry Miller - A la Durrell
few paintings were sold during his lifetime.
Henry Miller - Three Figures
He painted for sixty years had international exhibitions and today you can find his art in museums and private collections in US - of course - and on the continent in Europe and Asia.
Henry Miller - Tropics
He spent time on the Saronic islands and one of my favorites - Hydra - located in the Saronikos gulf - which, has been consider an island for Artists and writers alike. Miller wrote "The Colossus of Maroussi" in 1941 - the setting is Hydra. I rented a room here - right in the port - it had beautiful frescoes painted in it - a nice balcony with an excellent view of the harbour - I was told - It was here the movie "The Boy on a Dolphin" was filmed (1957)and that the room was featured in the movie.


  1. hey man,i have just discovered Miller because a movie, and a looking to his acuarellas, it seems to me so similar to Xul Solar,an Argentinian Painter,check it man,it could be interesting for you!

  2. I went to a contemporary art fair in Shanghai recently, which was a real eye-opener. Chinese contemporary art
    has come leaps and bounds from the watery Zen landscapes to huge canvases of strange-looking beings. The
    prices being asked and paid were huge too.
    Oriental, if not Chinese, my print of Jean-Léon Gérôme's painting,,
    bought some time ago from, is as lovely as ever.