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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…

"Tauroctony" - Mithras slaying a bull. Pio Clementino Museum; Hall of Animals. Vatican Museums.

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…

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Aesthetics above class – Tradition above materialism

Two things occur repeatedly in my quest to spread traditionalism and reconstruct art standards. 1) Upon seeing an aesthetic picture of somebody well dressed, or a nice garden, house, castle, many people assume a class-envy stance of ‘this is all well and good for the wealthy’. 2) I muse about…

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The Iliad book XI:84-162 Agamemnon cuts down the Trojans

All morning, as the sun rose higher, the missiles found their mark and warriors fell, but at the hour when a forester, weary of felling tall trees, tired and hungry, sits down to eat in some mountain glade, the Danaans rallying their comrades through the ranks, showed their valour, and…

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A Visit from the Master

A visit from Jean-Léon Gérôme was a special occasion for students in the Ecole des Beaux Arts, occurring only once a week. When the master was not in attendance, the students harassed each other, dueled with mahl sticks, and joked around. On a typical morning, they went about their normal…

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Don’t dress like a pleb

We are so immersed in Postmodernism that most people are utterly broken, not just in terms of æsthetics or taste, but in terms of true individual expression. Even otherwise tuned-in anti-Modernism people often fail notice what was plainly obvious to everyone not so very long ago. Watch a movie from the…

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The Golden Ratio

A brief video I made about the Golden Ratio. The sound isn’t great, I need a proper microphone I think.