Portraits of women by Gustav Klimt after 1900 almost resemble mosaics. The term AESTHETIC DECORATION is used mostly to describe this. It’s use means that there is no reference to the sitter’s location, family, interests, etc, as mainly their hands, face and decolletage are the only things peeking out of the geometrical patterns that surround them.
It is possible to read the portraits as the sitters being marooned from the world and many scholars have noted that the overt use of aesthetic decoration symbolizes the isolation felt by Klimt, and how he had withdrawn into himself and his art shortly after he renounced the University of Vienna commission in 1904.
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8:27 am • 10 March 2014 • 6,740 notes
“I see many people who disguise themselves. I know some people who say, “I’m an artist, I’m very creative, I’m different from ordinary people.” But I don’t believe those people. I like to see the strangeness or weirdness in ordinary people or ordinary scenery or ordinary, everyday life.”
— Haruki Murakami (via murakamistuff)
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1:05 am • 10 March 2014 • 603 notes
“The day may come when the rest of animal creation may acquire those rights which never could have been withholden from them but by the hand of tyranny. The French have already discovered that the blackness of the skin is no reason why a human being should be abandoned without redress to the caprice of a tormentor. It may one day come to be recognized that the number of legs, the villosity of the skin, or the termination of the os sacrum are reasons equally insufficient for abandoning a sensitive being to the same fate. What else is it that should trace the insuperable line? Is it the faculty of reason, or perhaps the faculty of discourse? But a full-grown horse or dog is beyond comparison a more rational, as well as a more conversable animal, than an infant of a day or a week or even a month old. But suppose they were otherwise, what would it avail? The question is not, Can they reason? nor Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?”
— Jeremy Bentham
12:21 am • 10 March 2014 • 15 notes
“I would like to be able to gently drift in and out of existence when I wanted to.”
— Henry Rollins, Solipsist (via larmoyante)
6:31 pm • 9 March 2014 • 4,366 notes
Apparently, I have a lot of posts in my queue.
6:26 pm • 9 March 2014 • 24 notes
“You aren’t very hard to corrupt and you’re an awful lot of fun to corrupt.”
— Ernest Hemingway, Garden of Eden
3:01 pm • 9 March 2014 • 109 notes
Bookstore in London after an air raid, 1940
10:30 am • 9 March 2014 • 289 notes
"I still retain from my childhood a great anxiety, and the movies are bound up with an anxiety, with an idea of something clandestine."
-François Truffaut about The 400 Blows
9:06 am • 9 March 2014 • 41 notes