天使的眼神 - Bouguereau

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大学时期为Bouguereau写的颂歌。十年了,还是喜欢。

In a time when splatters of paint and color is considered modern art, a time when the fascination with Da Vinci revolves around his sexuality and anti-Christian undertones, a time, when grotesque images loaded with dark and barbaric reflections of human nature are prized to be deep and profound. We have forgotten the purity of art, its unparalleled talent to bathe us the heavenly glory of beauty. Its unique ability to capture not only the image but also the soul of both the artist and subject of art, how it undoubtedly surpasses a camera’s simple snaps and clicks.

I want to submerge my eyes in the soft glows of brushwork. I want to entrance my mind by the dancing of light and shadows that are false by reason but so real by sight. Today, I’m stepping unto my soap box and will proclaim to my world, I love how muted shadows lie under illuminating light. I love how their creamy complexions fuse with the background. I love, Bouguereau!

A painter of Academic Classism, William Bouguereau was born in 1825 and died 1905. Bouguereau is acclaimed to be one of the best painters of human anatomy in all of art history. The fluidity of his subjects as if caught in the glimpse of time. His unrivaled ability to make his figures come to life and in the same time, glow an angelic aura of dreams. Damien Bartoli wrote in the biography of Bouguereau that “Bouguereau caught the very souls and spirits of his subjects much like Rembrandt. Rembrandt is said to have captured the soul of age. Bouguereau captured the soul of youth.” Though held to be one of the artistic geniuses in history, Bouguereau’s fame lags far behind the likes of Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Monet and Picasso. Overlooked for both his consummate level of skill and relevance in art philosophy and history, Bouguereau suffered “libelous, dishonest, relentless and systematic assault of immense proportions.” His pursuit of absolute beauty and worlds of fantasy and dreams were slandered to the most degrading troughs Overshadowed by the rising impressionism and post-impressionism, Bouguereau became the archetypes of the “old establishment”, targeted as shadows of the past that needed to be overthrown. Followed by the splitting duality of modern art and classic art, Bouguereau’s genius was buried for the large part of the 20th century.

But who could forget L’amore psyche, enfants, as cupid raise his little cheeks to kiss the serene psyche. Who could deny the beauty of La Ravissemant de psyche as the full grown cupid hold his lover, his gentle gaze of silent determination and hope. Or in the painting Le Repo, how Bouguereau depicts a family of no rank nor money lean against each other for a little rest. Or Jeunes Bohemienne, where he raises a young Gypsy mother and child to the heights of mountains, over looking the merging of sky and the sea. He paints the poor with such heart and adoration, it is hard not to fall in love with them ourselves. So come, and feast your eyes, fall in love along with me. The love of youth, dreams and beauty. Fall in love with Bouguereau. 

Cupid and Psyche

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  1. 1. 心仪 - 2013年2月4日 15:06

    哎!俺的英文就写不到这程度,读得还能大概明白意思。

  2. 2. 远方无声鸽 - 2013年2月4日 15:11

    By listening, I of course don’t mean simply hearing…to listen to something, to look at something, to read something, is to have it occupy the focus of our preceptual attention.It is to attend to it. It set it out from its penumbral background and to concentrate on it itself. , when I say that art works ,I mean that they are not in general intended to be the focus of our perceptual attention. Naturally there are gradtions. Listening shades into hearing, looking into noticing. ( From my essay–”Reflections on the art ” 10 years ago).

  3. 3. 一目 - 2013年2月4日 15:20

    做一个读者,聆听者,需要深刻又博大。很难。

  4. 4. 远方无声鸽 - 2013年2月4日 15:27

    不想错过另一个闪亮智慧的火花,理智必须战服自己的Feeling!

  5. 5. 一目 - 2013年2月4日 18:32

    要像心仪一样游走理性感性之间。

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