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like father like fun

…the almost unknown collection of the grand old man of impressionism was left to an equally unknown museum. At the death of Michel Monet, in 1966, the only son of Claude Monet, the officials knew they were going to get … Continue reading

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malraux: wanting to believe in the song of history

…The trouble is that Malraux appeared to find himself in that unhappiest position of a man who wants to believe but cannot. However, a substitute faith- in art or anything else- offers no real way for the atheist or the … Continue reading

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malraux: thundering cliches on the trail of Eternity

Andre Malraux and his Metamorphosis of the Gods. Original and redundant, simultaeneously brilliant and a mass of contradictions… …It must be that Malraux is misled by his basic notion of art as an antidestiny, a comfort against the thought of … Continue reading

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malraux and the great beyond: resurrecting the present

…Again, Malraux writes of Cezanne: “His genius rejects appearance as much as the sacred arts did: and faced with so many centuries which rejected it in the name of a Truth he does not know- but to which he spectacularly … Continue reading

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malraux: lifting something out of time

Andre Malraux and his Metamorphosis of the Gods tapped into the less than independent pretensions of modernism… …But whatever the amalgam of ideas, the precise mixture was Malraux’s own; and it was sweepingly, exhiliratingly persuasive when the “world beyond” of … Continue reading

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the almighty is not interested in creating paintings

Andre Malraux’s Metamorphosis of the Gods and the making of the personal deity for an agnostic secular society. After the Enlightenment, the Gods engaged in popular bourgeois culture. us and them became increasingly us with them circling around us in … Continue reading

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malraux: membership for all

What stamped Andre Malraux’s work as extraordinary was his intensity. When he wrote about a statue, one has a vision of Malraux standing before it with a burning determination that this piece of stone must yield its secrets to him. … Continue reading

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malraux: not stung to austere ecstasy

Andre Malraux and his Metamorphosis of the Gods. Maybe more not what he said, but how it was delivered…. …What made Andre Malraux’s La Metamorphose an especially haunting work is not originality in the usual sense. Some of Malraux’s seemingly … Continue reading

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malraux: buchenwald of the plastic arts?

Achievement and failure. Andre Malraux arrayed all art beneath a soaring arch of philosophical vision…but the philosopher is left seekingsalvation in the aesthetic “World Beyond,” … Thus Malraux. At this point he abruptly concludes  La Metamorphose des Dieux. His account … Continue reading

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malraux: venus as rival of the virgin

The end of feudalism, the waning of intense religious fervor,  and the beginning of the bourgeois values and cycles of consumerism changed everything. Andre Malraux and his Metamorphosis of the Gods. Its not hard to follow the slippery slope from … Continue reading

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