Tag Archives: Girodet

prodigal children aware of time

To trust, to put faith into the emotional life. To unencumber oneself of the layers of reason and logic, the common sense of classicism that had dominated art to that point. Romantic visions, but with a classical foundation. It added … Continue reading

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belley up

He may be viewed as a rebel or a thrill seeker,a radical, ┬ábut he never did leave the mainstream. Girodet’s representation of the liberation of slaves, equality, had little to do with liberation; he was a democrat of the most … Continue reading

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charisma of the radiant but broken

Soul under the spell of the moon. The thrill. The construction of empty form. Kitsch before there was kitsch. It meant using high art to express low life, the underworld and it was the beginning of sensationalism that the reign … Continue reading

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A PIOUS SINNER AS NATIONAL INSTITUTION

In the early 1960′s, Chateaubriand received a tribute that demonstrates in its very extravagance, his enduring power. Simone de Beauvoir and Jean Paul Sartre visited Saint-Malo on one of their many excursions. They liked the town, but Chateaubriand’s tomb, with … Continue reading

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