Art as music, music as poetry, poetry as art, from Whistler - download pdf or read online

By Peter Dayan

ISBN-10: 075466791X

ISBN-13: 9780754667919

ISBN-10: 1409427935

ISBN-13: 9781409427933

In 1877, Ruskin accused Whistler of 'flinging a pot of paint within the public's face'. used to be he correct? in spite of everything, Whistler continuously denied that the real functionality of artwork was once to symbolize something. If a portray doesn't symbolize, what's it, except mere paint, flung within the public's face? Whistler's solution used to be uncomplicated: portray is song - or it really is poetry. Georges Braque, part a century later, echoed Whistler's resolution. So did Braque's associates Apollinaire and Ponge. They provided their poetry as tune, too - and as portray. yet in the meantime, composers equivalent to Satie and Stravinsky have been providing their very own artwork - tune - as though it transposed the values of portray or of poetry. the basic precept of this intermedial aesthetic, which certain jointly a rare fraternity of artists in all media in Paris, from 1885 to 1945, was once this: we should always take into consideration the price of a piece of paintings, no longer in the good judgment of its personal medium, yet as though it transposed the worth of paintings in one other medium. Peter Dayan strains the historical past of this precept: the way it created our very suggestion of 'great art', why it declined as a imaginative and prescient from the Nineteen Sixties, and the way, within the twenty first century, it truly is scuffling with again

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In 1877, Ruskin accused Whistler of 'flinging a pot of paint within the public's face'. used to be he correct? in the end, Whistler consistently denied that the genuine functionality of artwork used to be to symbolize something. If a portray doesn't signify, what's it, except mere paint, flung within the public's face? Whistler's resolution was once easy: portray is song - or it's poetry.

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That is Mr Grahame’s picture. ’ Thus, at the outset, not only does Whistler use, like Ruskin, the word ‘picture’, rather than ‘painting’; he describes it in terms of what it represents. ) His Lordship earnestly rebuked those who laughed. And witness explained to his Lordship the composition of the picture. The public plainly expects that in a picture, it should be obvious where the representation lies. Baron Huddleston does not expect it should be obvious; nonetheless, he wants to know. And Whistler, as witness, does not refuse to enlighten him.

To him, there is clearly a pier in the centre of the picture. One assumes that Baron Huddleston, once he has had Whistler’s explanation, can also see the pier. Without the benefit of that explanation, others might not see that pier. But does it matter? Surely, if it did, Whistler would have had an easy remedy to hand: he could simply have written down his description of the picture’s composition and given it to Mr Grahame, or to the judge, or to any viewer. This, after all, is the common practice of galleries everywhere: labels are put beside paintings to tell the viewer what the painting represents; and there is no doubt that the viewing public, like Baron Huddleston, always seems to want to know.

Whistler does not. And what of Ruskin? Certainly, he does not expect the physicist to furnish instructions to the artist. But he does share the attitude of those whom Helmholtz considers mistaken in one essential respect: 16 Arthur Eddy, Recollections and Impressions of James A. B. Lippincott, 1903). , p. 195. 18 Hermann Helmholtz, Popular Lectures on Scientific Subjects trans. E. Atkinson, vol. 2 (London: Longmans, 1893), p. 132. , pp. 76–7. Whistler’s Poetry 21 he thinks that aesthetic lectures can convey a truth about how art should be created.

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