Tag Archives: El Greco

soul of spanish painting: truth comes first

Spanish painting. All the qualities are found in one form or another: the extravagance, the earthiness, the harshness, the illusion and disillusion, the gay and grotesque. The themes are God and Man, nature getting a bare look in. And of … Continue reading

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PICASSO, Visual Violence and the Unbinding of Desire: JUST BECAUSE

After the first World War, Andre Breton came to Picasso’s studio….. saw Les Demoiselles d’Avignon and recognised it as the definitive modern masterpiece. Breton, the leader of the surrealists, saw in it a painting about the revolutionary menace of the … Continue reading

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aN eXPLOSIVELy fERTILe mINd

He was the most resourceful of innovators. Pablo ┬áPicasso transmuted old traditions into modern idioms. He might even be called the last of the great humanists. When Picasso ( 1881-1973 ) was alive, what he was doing, or had stopped … Continue reading

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HEAVEN AS A TENSE & DISQUIETING PLACE

The central incident in El Greco’s painting, ”The Burial of Count Orgaz” is a vulgar and morally pointless miracle. The painting was done to remind a reluctant parish of its feudal duty. Most of the proceedings preceding and surrounding the … Continue reading

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STRANGE MANNERISMS

The arts had come under grave suspicion as offenders against dignity, restraint and decorum. The tide was running toward a new puritanism in the Roman Catholic Church when the council of the church fathers, originally summoned to set the Church’s … Continue reading

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BAD MANNERS

Something very strange happened in the world of the visual arts during the sixteenth century. Its opening years were the golden age of the Italian High Renaissance and the arts seemed to have attained a perfection. Da Vinci, Raphael and … Continue reading

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