April 19th, 2016


Baudelaire and “The Painter of Modern Life”
August 27, 2010 by Jeanne Willette

Like many writers before and after him, Baudelaire wrote without specific commission, on “spec” as it were. This essay on Constantin Guys, an illustrator for the Illustrated London News, was actually written in 1860 and would not be published until 1863 in installment form in Figaro. The publication of the article coincided with the infamous Salon des Réfusés and the debut of Édouard Manet as an artist of scandal. Suddenly, what had been a nebulous concern, about content and technique in art making, became urgent and topical. Manet had presented a courtesan as a modern “Venus,” a prostitute as a modern “Nude,” and had quoted Renaissance artists, Raphael and Titian to do so. In addition, the painter had eschewed “good” drawing and approved “finish” for a causal and notational manner of transcribing. The Painter of Modern Life made sense of what Manet had done to art—made painting “modern.”

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Charles Baudelaire, Author of Modernism

Charles Baudelaire, Author of Modernism
August 20, 2010 by Jeanne Willette

Every age needs its observer and every era requires an interpreter. To elevate the culture above mere description, that individual has to be an odd cross between a poet and a reporter. Charles Baudelaire (1821 – 1867) was a renegade poet, a syphilitic art critic, and, above all, a disaffected and alienated student of a society undergoing the pressure of a transition. That Baudelaire was a marginal character who lived on the fringes of a cynical consumer society was crucial to his ability to describe and define the new phenomenon, “modernité.” Although the poet wrote extensively on a variety of topics, he is especially significant for essays, prose poems, poetry and art criticism that articulated a new way of life. In 1947, Jean-Paul Sartre accused Baudelaire of “bad faith” due to the many contradictions in his life and work. However, a self-destructive poet and drug addict, who lived in debt on the run from creditors, while, at the same time, taking part in the intellectual and artistic life of Paris, can hardly be expected to be consistent. The very times of Baudelaire were paradoxical.

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dark night of contemplation

It is in the FLOW 1:24 PM Tuesday afternoon. It is a cool cloudy day here in West Michigan. A good day for killing fleas.

I got up this morning around 7 o'clock AM. I drank coffee made yesterday while messing with our main computer. After I messed with our main computer I wrote in my paper diary and then made a fresh pot of coffee. I went back to our main computer to read stuff on Charles Baudelaire and the birth of Modernism. I am reading this kind of intellectual material so as to understand/historical context more the book, "Paris Vagabond" by Jean-Paul Clebert. I think I am getting over my head in trying to grasp fully the book, "Paris Vagabond". But at the same time I have plenty of time to kill. I am not going anywhere so I am reading once again my books on the city of Paris and Modernism.

Carol came home from work while I was on the internet. She was whipped and went to bed soon after coming home the House. I left this morning around 10:30 AM to visit some more thrift stores in search of used books to ADD to our library. I found these used books today-

"Dark Night of the Soul" by St. John of the Cross

"Explosive Acts: Toulouse-Lautrec, Oscar Wilde, Felix Feneon, And The Art & Anarchy Of The Fin De Siecle" biography by David Sweetman

"Benjamin Franklin" biography by Edmund S. Morgan

"The Vanishing Act Of Esme Lennox" a novel by Maggie O'Farrell

"The Buddha From Brooklyn" biography by Martha Sherrill

"Half-Life" a novel by V. S. Naipaul

"This Side of Brightness" a novel by Colum McCann

"The Doctor's Daughter" a novel by Hilma Wolitzer

"Remembering Denny" a memoir by Calvin Trillin

"Babal Tower" a novel by A. S. Byatt

"Country Girl" a memoir by Edna O'Brien

"Heart Earth" a memoir by Ivan Doig

"Pulse" Stories by Julian Barnes

"The Map Of Love" a novel by Ahdaf Soueif

"The Years" a novel by Virginia Woolf

"A Mother And Two Daughters" a novel by Gail Godwin

"Evening At Five" A Novel and Five New Stories" by Gail Godwin

"Palimpsest" a memoir by Gore Vidal

In the mail this afternoon I received these two books-

"The Fourfold Gospel: A Theological Reading of the New Testament Portraits of Jesus" by Francis Watson

"Christian Dogmatics: Reformed Theology For The Church Catholic" Edited by Michael Allen & Scott R. Swain

So existence keeps rolling along. I suppose I will close to dig into my books and wait for the Rapture of the Saints.
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poor people

It is now 1:55 PM Tuesday afternoon in the stream of consciousness. Here is a short list of books I have been looking since last night. Last night I should mention I made two videos for my BookTube channel in YouTube. I read my books and went to bed and read till I got sleepy. I had disturbing dreams last night. I still feel shaken inside due to those dreams.

List of books looked at recently-

"The Mirror Of Art: Critical Studies" by Charles Baudelaire

"The Parisian Prowler" by Charles Baudelaire (Translated By Edward K. Kaplan)

"History's Double: Cultural Tourism in Twentieth-Century French Writing" by Andrea Loselle

"We All Went To Paris: Americans in the City of Light 1776-1971" biography by Stephen Longstreet

"The Greater Journey: Americans In Paris" biography by David McCullough

"Gone To New York: Adventures In The City" essays by Ian Frazier

"Poor People" by William T. Vollmann

"Modern Times, Modern Places: How Life And Art Were Transformed In A Century Of Revolution, Innovation, And Radical Change" by Peter Conrad

I am not sure what I will do next. I suppose I should go write some more in my paper diary. I should mention that while out visiting thrift stores I stopped at a Office Supply Store and got supplies for diary writing. I love visiting office supply stores! I love paper and pens! I am thankful even though I am not smart I can write and read. Well time to face the flow of Time. No one can escape growing old and then dying.
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President's Speaker Series: R Howard Bloch 'Charles Baudelaire and the Question of Modernity'

Published on Jun 17, 2015
In a talk titled 'Charles Baudelaire and the Question of Modernity', Professor R. Howard Bloch explored the themes of exile and return, the appearance of the Classical past in the present, new feelings for time, the advent of the “flâneur” or stroller in city streets, and the role of crowds in Charles Baudelaire's works.
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