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Surrealism, Part the Second

This here is not a blog. Mais ceci est une blague. Whether or not you find me as punny as I do, I find this joke to be a valid description of the surrealist themes in the art that we … Continue reading

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A Dialog with Surrealism

In his “Manifesto of Surrealism,” Breton gives a definition of surrealism.  As he writes: C’est de très mauvaise foi qu’on nous contesterait le droit d’employer le mot SURRÉALISME dans le sens très particulier où nous l’entendons, car il est clair … Continue reading

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Experience Makes the Master

“Il y avait dans Eugène Delacroix beaucoup du sauvage”  – Charles Baudelaire Throughout my all-too-brief time at le Louvre, I do not think there was any picture, even ones which I excitedly and adamantly searched for, which struck me quite as profoundly … Continue reading

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Versailles

The role of art and architecture takes a captivating spin with the absurd (albeit beautiful) opulence of Versailles.  The grandeur of the palace, its art, and the surrounding gardens all represent an incredible departure from the humble origins of art … Continue reading

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Renaissance: A Rebirth of Christian Art

While many of the posts have concentrated on the development of humanism and individuality during the Renaissance (especially centered on the great shockwaves being sent out by what the Medici were doing in Florence), I wanted to focus on some … Continue reading

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Sainte-Chapelle: A “Two-Realmed” Cathedral

Perhaps most striking about the chapel at Sainte-Chappelle is that there are two of them, an “upper” and a “lower.”  Constructed and completed under King Louis IX’s orders, Sainte-Chappelle serves both as a fine example of Gothic style architecture as … Continue reading

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The Majesty of the Gothic

The Gothic period in art and architecture – a time in which the heaviness and bulkiness typified by the Romanesque period was being shed away – had its earliest roots in medieval France.  With new and improved “technology,” the “theology” … Continue reading

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