The Gainsbourg family
Men do not know why they award fame to one work of art than another. Without being in the faintest connoisseurs, they think to justify the warmth of their commendations by discovering in it a hundred virtues, whereas the real ground of their applause is inexplicable - It is sympathy.
Death in Venice, Thomas Mann
Maybe the establishment of Art History as a field of study can root back to this kind of concept. Maybe. But rather than thinking that seeking virtue in certain types of art, or art history, is a mere act of justification, I think this human reasoning toward such ‘sympathy’ worked positively as a catalyst to find and see ‘virtue’ in the unexpected (arts).
Anyhow, such a clever concept, cleverly written. It delights me.
A regular at Le Louis IX in Paris, “Caramel” keeps a client company, May 1988.
Photograph by James L. Stanfield, National Geographic
Camera Obscura: Brookline View in Brady’s Room (1992) by Cuban-born, American photographer Abelardo Morell. Scene design inspiration.
김민기 - 새벽길 (An Early Morning Walk)(1993)