Tag Archives: Gericault

Cuddly Critters

Its almost unpardonable in its sentimentality. Almost a crime to get sucked into the trite, obvious and even vulgar. But then painting is merchandise. There was a long period where hack, formula art was considered a patriotic defense of the … Continue reading

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by the seat of the pants

We often think that our intuition, and so called gut reactions, the businessman’s “seat of the pants” reflections leading to a course of action are invariably and intrinsically true and authentic; infallible sources connected to some primal verity embedded within … Continue reading

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US AND THEM: THE MADCAP LAUGHS

Henry Fuseli’s painting “The Mandrake” , now lost, struck the aging Horace Walpole as “shockingly mad, madder than ever, quite mad!” But Fuseli would hardly have regarded that as an insult. Much of the time he was trading on madness … Continue reading

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A SALTY DOG FLOATS ON

‘All hands on deck, we’ve run afloat!’ I heard the captain cry ‘Explore the ship, replace the cook: let no one leave alive!’ Across the straits, around the Horn: how far can sailors fly? A twisted path, our tortured course, … Continue reading

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THE HOPE PRINCIPLE

The Medusa, a naval frigate, ran aground off Mauritania in July 1816. Only about 250 of the 400 people on board could fit into the lifeboats. On a jerry-built raft about 150 of the others were set adrift. By the … Continue reading

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MAN-EATERS: MASTERPIECE OF THE RAW & UNCOOKED

The cannibal in written records was originally a story about what existed beyond the boundaries of the known. It kept the wild and the civic state apart. Sometimes, however, it brought them together: Othello seduced Desdemona with his tales of … Continue reading

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ADRIFT ON THE RAFT OF THE MEDUSA: APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION

“The Raft of the Medusa,” while maintaining the symmetry of Poussin, changes painting once and for all. It is sculptural and architectural, but depicts no architecture. Two great overlapping triangles, suggesting both a ship’s sails and the ocean’s waves, define … Continue reading

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BRONZE SCULPTURE: ALCHEMIST CONSOLATION PRIZE

The Gates of Hell on which Auguste Rodin worked for two decades,is presently among twenty bronzes ¬†outside in the Sculpture Garden of the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University. Designed by Robert Mittelstadt, the concept seeks to evoke the spirit … Continue reading

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