Thursday, January 14, 2010

There is only one absinthe drinker, and that’s the man who painted this idiotic picture. (on Manet’s “Absinthe Drinker”) - Thomas Couture

The painter of grand history paintings couldn’t abide the emphasis on the present and the individual artist. Though Manet studied 6 years under Couture, the Parisian life was quite removed from their circle, but nonetheless very real. When asked to write his autobiography, Couture grieved that “biography is the exaltation of personality—and personality is the scourge of our time.”

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