Tag Archives: Rainer Maria Rilke

looking for the punch line

There is always the question in art of private meaning within public purposes, a kind of personal humor characterized by a kind of sharing between joke and dream. As E.H. Gombrich asserted, there is always an underlying code that serves … Continue reading

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repercussions: the esoterics of bronze

The art world divided into warring and acrimonious factions over Auguste Rodin’s “Balzac” was first exhibited as a full size plaster version of the statue shown to the public at he Salon of the Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts in 1898.Because … Continue reading

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balzac: from appearance into essence

Rodin’s memorial to Balzac, the great writer offended decency, and the prevailing taste of the public and a good part of the French establishment. Auguste Rodin’s statue of Honore de Balzac is an imaginary figure, conceived and sculptured half a … Continue reading

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castles of the imagination: architecture of the mind

Some great buildings are never built. It’s imaginary architecture. Painters over the centuries have conjured up fantastic towers, and refined and elegant mansions of the imagination. This is often a dream architecture that is occasionally gaudy, often improbable and almost … Continue reading

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LAUGHTER OUT OF DEAD BELLIES

Even before America had entered World War One, death had become a romantic subject for the new generation of American writers. The notion spread that it was the inevitable fate of men in the trenches, and writers then in college … Continue reading

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FIERCER THAN A THOUSAND DOGS

Questions are  always asked when cataclysmic events arise, events that have great and shattering consequences,but seemingly lack  proportionate causes. Why was disaster inevitable once hostilities of the great war of 1914-1918  broke out?  People endured this inferno without justifying reasons,and … Continue reading

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TIME WAITS FOR EVERYONE

Hop on the train of dreams. Humankind appears to be the only species troubled by Time, and from this preoccupation comes much of the finest art, some religion and most of science. Reincarnation, prophecy, resurrection and worship of the heavenly … Continue reading

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