Leonard Cohen & Henri Matisse Assist In Wooing The Duchess


The First Gift To A Lover

Choosing the first gift in a courtship can be a tricky affair. Early in a relationship, those involved often lack sufficient knowledge of each other’s preferences, loathings, and interests to venture beyond cliched tokens such as flowers or chocolates.

Once, however, I introduced Duchess of Durham to the music and poems of Leonard Cohen and she had responded with enthusiastic interest – especially to Dance Me To The End Of Love – the perfect present – uh, presented itself.




Dance Me to the End of Love is described by its publishers, Welcome Books,1 as “a deliriously romantic song by Leonard Cohen that was brilliantly visualized through the sensual paintings of Henri Matisse.”

Leonard Cohen’s perception of a special connection with Matisse2 is made manifest in the fit of his lyrics to the paintings.

Dance Me to the End of Love was – and continues to be – one of the Duchess’s most treasured gifts and certainly appears to have enhanced my campaign to win her heart. Sharing a couple of her favorite images from the book seems an appropriate celebration of our upcoming nuptials.3




Note: While most posts dealing with Leonard Cohen are found at Cohencentric.com and most posts dealing with the Duchess are found at AllanShowalter.com, there is invariably some overlap. This post was originally published Aug 21, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com and can also be found at Cohencentric.com.

Update: I am republishing selected posts from Cohencentric (my former Leonard Cohen site), especially those offering information not available elsewhere, here on AllanShowalter.com (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen).


  1. Welcome Books is the publisher of several analogous books in its Art & Poetry Series. []
  2. “[Adam] Cohen said his father is a huge fan of French artist Henri Matisse” from Sketches by Leonard Cohen exhibited at Montreal High Lights Festival by Nelson Wyatt. The Canadian Press, February 19, 2010 []
  3. Update: We were – and remain – happily wed. []

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