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Cultivating beauty

What I wish to discuss today is beauty and the cultivation of the feminine. In the West today, we don’t see much beauty. Our buildings are ugly, our fashions are dowdy and drab, our language is littered with mindless profanity and the popular culture presented to us is shallow and…

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On Heroic Nudity

Heroic nudity is a concept  originating in classical (Hellenic) art whereby portraits and historical or mythical figures were portrayed nude. This is a common staple of true Western art which relates back to the golden mean and the concept of perfect ratios, how the parts of the body relate to one…

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Sorry, Helvetica, you’re not my type

Typographic design is a rich and sorely overlooked form of art, yet one that has a profound role in shaping our relationship with the world and the information we take in. Sometimes, the medium can be as significant as the message and this is underlined by the number of typefaces…

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A lesson from Alphonse Mucha

Alphonse Mucha’s Zodiac is an artefact from a time in which graphic art was the preserve of real, classically trained artists – or rather, a time in which the world did not make the kind of distinction between the two that it does now. Czech national Mucha (1860-1939) was a…

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Degenerate Abramovic commits usual attention-seeking stupidity

Some more typical Modernist nonsense here. Metrosexual screams all day in an art gallery in Sweden to represent some inanity or other. Opportunist Modernist Abramović once again ‘challenges our preconceptions’ and gains attention and accolades from institutional con artists and communists. What goes on in the tiny minds of art establishment…

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In defence of abstraction

To be against modernism is not to be against abstraction – far from it. The point is that abstraction works at its best in the service of realism. It can serve as a way of calling the perceptual faculties of the viewer into play in the appreciation, or even construction,…

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David Bailly, an excerpt from life in the atelier system

Leiden 1584 – 1657 The son of a Flemish calligrapher and fencing master, David Bailly first apprenticed to a local painter in Leiden and then to a portrait painter in Amsterdam. He worked for a short time as a journeyman in Hamburg before traveling to Venice and Rome at the…

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Erasure of art in Parliament will be the first toll of the final bell

From a recent article on Breitbart regarding a proposed historical erasure and revision of art in the British Houses of Parliament. If this actually goes ahead, it will be the first official, confident, dissipating step to topple and dismantle forever the nation and accomplishments of the white British men who created everything of…

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Ravel and Nicolas Laugier: Daphnis et Chloé

Here is the stunning “Dafnis y Cloe” (“Daphnis et Chloé”) by Jean Nicolas Laugier. Siglo XIX. A gorgeously perfected bit of neoclassical in print form. I am not sure if this is additionally a woodcut, if it is it might be the finest I have ever seen. I never tire of…

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Spengler Man and Technics

Here is an interesting excerpt from the great (but depressing) Oswald Spengler, from his Man & Technics esssay: In reality, however, it is out of the power either of heads or of hands to alter in any way the destiny of machine-technics, for this has developed out of inward spiritual…

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Julius Evola on the The Path of Enlightenment in the Mithraic Mysteries

from “The Path of Enlightenment in the Mithraic Mysteries” by Julius Evola l have already mentioned that the “bull” symbolizes the elementary life-force. It is to be identified with the Green Dragon of Alchemy, with tantric kundalini or with the Taoist “Dragon.” The disciplines which focus on breathing call this…