Sunday, September 02, 2007

Nijinsky went mad

I didn't know that until today, when I watched The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky.

He also told his wife that she was the first woman he slept with - this was very very not true. He wrote in his diaries about chasing after coquettes on the streets of Paris, visiting prostitutes and having a 5 year affair with Diaghilev. But he also wrote that he loved his wife, sensually and spiritually. I wonder what their relationship was like? Was she really the calculating realist who drove him to madness?

He lived for another 30 years after he was committed to an asylum when he was only 30 or so. What was that part of his life like?


Tim S said...

There's a terrific essay on him in Joan Acocella's recent book Twenty-eight artists and two saints if you want the answers to these and many other questions in an essay-length form. He was a fruit-loop. His wife was an opportunistic revisionist. Happy families.

Anastasia said...

Cool! I'll have to check that book out. I kinda have a morbid fascination with him now...