Sunday, September 21, 2003

Notes towards something if I get around to it. Andy Warhol and Catholic Realism: from Velazquez through Gericault, Manet and Nadar. I was reminded of this seeing the recent exhibition at the Metropolitan documenting the discovery of Spanish art by the French, during and after the Napoleonic wars. What was absolutely stunning was the clear line, though it was in fact a leap, from 17th century Spain to 19th century France. Only through Spanish influence did the French develop a fully competitive, and Catholic, variant of the Northern and Protestant tradition. I'm not ignoring Chardin, but I don't think his presence in the timeline contradicts my argument.

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