Thursday, 14 November 2013

Painting of Modern Life - week 2.

Jean Ferederic Bazille, Manet at his Easel, 1869, charcoal on paper

“Our Paris, the Paris where we were born, the Paris of the way of life of 1830 or 1848, is passing away. Its passing is not material but moral.. Social life is going through a great evolution, which is beginning. I see women, children, households, families in this café. The interior is passing away. Life turns back to become public. The club for those on high, the café for those below, that is what society and people are come to. All of this makes me feel, in this country so dear to my heart, like a traveller. ….” The de Goncourts (brothers Edmond and Jules, novelists) 1860

“the transitory, the fugitive, the contingent, the half of art whose other half is the eternal and immutable…”

“solitary, gifted with an active imagination, always travelling across the great human desert, he has an aim loftier than the mere flâneur, an aim more general, something other than the fugitive pleasure of circumstance. He is looking for that quality which you must allow me to call modernity….”


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