June 28, 2005

The Warm Valley (Origins On My Mind)

What intrigues me about The Origin Of The World is -- why Courbet? What does this intimately familiar landscape (or, maybe more appropriately, this landscape of the intimately familiar) have in common with, say, The Valley of the Loire? Craftmanship, surely (this is a painstaking work of craft), and maybe "landscape" in its fullest meaning, but what in his work prefigured this?

(For me the Origin is a shiboleth in the original sense, dividing the world into those of us who can conceive of it as an image born of affection or celebration and those of us who can't (or those plodders who see it as, erm, "transgressive"...). Art has nothing to do with it...).


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