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luka

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Musée des Beaux Arts
WH Auden.

About suffering they were never wrong,
The old Masters: how well they understood
Its human position: how it takes place
While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along;
How, when the aged are reverently, passionately waiting
For the miraculous birth, there always must be
Children who did not specially want it to happen, skating
On a pond at the edge of the wood:
They never forgot
That even the dreadful martyrdom must run its course
Anyhow in a corner, some untidy spot
Where the dogs go on with their doggy life and the torturer’s horse
Scratches its innocent behind on a tree.

In Breughel’s Icarus, for instance: how everything turns away
Quite leisurely from the disaster; the ploughman may
Have heard the splash, the forsaken cry,
But for him it was not an important failure; the sun shone
As it had to on the white legs disappearing into the green
Water, and the expensive delicate ship that must have seen
Something amazing, a boy falling out of the sky,
Had somewhere to get to and sailed calmly on

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luka

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i'm glad you posted these because it was through the lens of this sort of painting that i viewed that corot - symbolist, i suppose

(though would these be grouped with surrealism?)
yeah thats what made me thkink of him. its proto surrealist like lewis carroll. precursor.
 

luka

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the tapestry in that vermeer is nuts. the whistler is not disimilar to the gysin. albeit grey and cold and crepuscular rather than sun drenched north africa.
 
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