Tuesday, November 24, 2009

"Great" Modern Art: "Horrible" Victorian Art:

Since childhood I remember reading about how "horrible" the art of the Nineteenth Century was and about the "great" pioneers of "Modern" Art who destroyed the age old traditions Europe Art. Marxist scholar Georg Lukács asked “Who will save us from Western civilization?” And decided to create “a culture of pessimism” and “a world that has been abandoned by God.” The fruits of Cultural Marxism ugly "art" made to drive people to despair. Remember if you like the second picture better you are "hateful," a "Racist," and a "Neo-fascist."

The goal of Victorian Art as stated by Burne-Jones:
“I mean by a picture a beautiful romantic dream of something that never was, never will be — in a better light than any light that ever shone — in a land no one can define or remember, only desire — and from forms divinely beautiful.”

A Staircase:

Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2 by Marcel Duchamp

The Golden Stairs by Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones

A Woman:

Woman V by Willem De Kooning

The Bunch of Lilacs by James Jacques Tissot

A Girl Drowning:

Drowning Girl by Roy Lichtenstein

The Martyr of the Solway by John Everett Millais

A Fountain:

Fountain by Marcel Duchamp

Bethesda Fountain in Central Park


Mountains and Sea by Helen Frankenthaler

Mount Washington by John Frederick Kensett

A Reclining Woman:

Reclining Figure by Henry Moore

Beatrice Cenci by Harriet Hosmer

A Park:

Lucerne Park by Paul Klee

A Summer Day in Hyde Park by John Ritchie

Also see:

Modern Art?


Franco Campese said...

"Remember if you like the second picture better you are hateful 'Racist" and "Neo-fascist.' "

I love that! Nice comparison between modern and Victorian art. I still sort of hate Duchamp's piece...

Anonymous said...

Having majored in Art at a Big-Ten university, this has really struck a chord with me. Thank you for your post.

All through art school I felt something was very wrong, but couldn't quite put my finger on it. Graduate school students always had what I called a "spiel" about whatever they were doing that was psychologically confused, dark, perverse, irreverent, or just whimsical. The whimsical wasn't too bad, of course, but the actual art was secondary to the "spiel",the written "justification".

For example,one could write volumes on what would be balls of dog poop hung from the ceiling, rendering the "art" valid.

I decided that I would never have a "spiel" good enough to justify my "materialistic" art, and decided to forego grad school, though I really could draw and paint, unlike most all of the grad students. Technique was often secondary in my classes -GF

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Marcel Duchamp: Nude Descending a Staircase No 2
Computer Mirror Image: "THE BLUE BUTTERFLY IS 33YO NOW"

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