“grantaire clings to life through fanatical devotion to enjolras, his personal raft of the méduse”
→ Charles Baudelaire: ❝I have not found among the landscape painters the supernatural beauty of the landscapes of Delacroix nor the magnificent imagination which flows through the drawings of Victor Hugo. I speak of his drawings in India ink, for it is too evident that in words our poet is the k i n g of landscape painters.”
→ Théophile Gautier: ❝M. Hugo is not only a poet but a painter, and a painter whom Louis Boulander, Camille Roqueplan and Paul Huet would not disown as their brother. When he is travelling he sketches everything that strikes him. The contour of a hill, the lace-work outline of the horizon, a strange cloud-form, a curious detail in a door or window, a ruined tower, an antique belfry — these are his notes; then in the evening, at the inn, he retraces his outline with a pen, shades it, colors it, strengthens it, and gives an effect; and so the rough sketch, often drawn on the crown of his hat in a shaky diligence, becomes a drawing very like an etching, and of capriciousness and savor which surprise artists themselves.”
→ And yet, when a stranger who had seen Sardanapalus referred to Delacroix as the ‘Victor Hugo of painting’, the artist responded, ‘You are mistaken, Sir, I am a pure c l a s s i c i s t.’
Cao Hui | [x]
❝I think artists really want to play god more than anything else, and will stop at nothing to construct a truth that validates the self.”
aH anon „„ this means a lot let me just spill i really love u ok
like i love lineart i obsess over it to unhealthy degrees all the time
see this shit???? like everything had to be like this for me
and i could never “”sketch”” bc i wanted everything to be polished and one day i made this offhand comment about how i hated the way my art looked when it wasnt “”finished” and then a kind stranger said they liked the way my figures were messy suggestions and i just
like this was in 8th grade and it really rerouted my whole art education bc up to that point i was one of those stupid idiots who believed in hyperrealism being The Pinnacle Of Artistic Calibre etc and i referred to impressionism as lazy art (lol w/e i still think it is that way
wow basically a reflection of me as a person anal and very rigid about art and then i realized it was ok to be loose and gestural and figural and (actually what the fuck im still very uptight
you brought back good memories i really love you thank you a lot!!!!
Branding the Presidents of the United States by Meg Jannott
As part of her 44 Days of Design project, Meg decided the Presidents of the United States of America were seriously lacking in some clever branding, designing logos and appropriate slogans for each. It’s still ongoing, so stay up to date and keep a lookout for your favorite Prez (William Howard Taft, baby, come on…!) at her tumblr: brandingtheuspresidents
Laurtiz Tuxen, Male Nude in the Studio of Bonnat, 1877
Famous artists dissected for MASP art school by artist DDB Brazil
Rene Magritte, Homesickness, 1940.
i hope my opinions make sense. i tend to be a little… verbose/abstract/dumb/DUMB
who you are is not what you do. you are so much more than your actions, than your expressions, than your capabilities. you are a universe and the things you produce are tiny markers of the vast depths they come from.
some people limit themselves, hearts on their arms, and buy into this shallow myth that what you do is who you are. with pomp and circumstance, they tote their badges on their chest, romp about commanding others, sling around their opinions, forget that the metaphysical perfume, that sweet fragrance, of what they produce is more beautiful than the product itself.
does this even make sense LOL
there should always, in my opinion, be the work. the beauty of it. i find work beautiful; i find things in it, myself mostly.
some people become what they do entirely without remembering they are young and that they must say “yes” to other things (because experience is paramount and yes is for young people).
be confident in yourself! know that the crowds who follow you to the throne will be the masses who clamor at the guillotine! there is a line that can never be breached between who you are and what you do, because it’s indelible… unspoken… flavoured by so many things - like why chicago is sandburg’s - people who devolve themselves singularly and prey on the popularism and demagogue tactics of loud tongues……….. aren’t doing justice to themselves……
there is beauty in moderation and restraint and words unspoken but ideas presented. when people hold their tongue, when people maintain a distinction, an unspoken integrity and frame between themselves and their art…….. it’s beautiful.
lol wtf i make no sense this isn’t even an unpopular opinion this is an incoherent opinion OTL
i don’t even know what i’m saying
i am going to be blunt: i don’t generally use tumblr to follow artists/art. i try to avoid following artists here unless i’m friends with them from another venue (so i can appreciate them as companions and their art). i have a really low opinion of the art and artists that circulate around here (mine especially, mine included). it gets too shrill and overbearing when artists mistake a targeted set of fans for substantial clout or influence. i like artists who prefer to let their art do the talking, who maintain this boundary between what they do and who they are, and who are never delusional about what popularity means. i’m a huge privacy/restraint kind of person (although this tumblr is the antithesis of it) - “only break the silence if your words are more beautiful.”
roy lichtenstein’s pragmatic front of “i don’t have big anxieties. i wish i did. i’d be much more interesting” is the kind of artist i find tolerable.
okay, there are a few exceptions. i follow these artists and adore them as people. so here we go, i guess:
ok that is it lmfao. i’m a fucking hypocrite and pretty please would you crucify me is basically what i’m trying to say.