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Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Losing the ability to contemplate art for itself

Do you need a narrator to know where to look?
Red Fuji, 1831, Hokusai

Do you need entertainment to enjoy this view?
Mont Sainte Victoire, 1887, Paul Cézanne

Do you need lyric music to make you feel?
Le gobelet d'argent, 1768, Jean Siméon Chardin

Do you need hero identification to suspend disbelief?
Still Life, 1934, M.C. Esher

Do you need a climax to keep contemplating?
Oliviers avec ciel jaune et soleil, 1889, Vincent Van Gogh

Do you need to pretend it's funny to make people watch?
Bay of Greifswald, 1834, Caspar David Friedrich

Do you need narrative devices to contemplate this?
Swiss Landscape, 1830, Alexandre Calame

Do you need spectacular effects to enjoy this?
View of Madrid from Capitan Haya, 1987-94, Antonio López García



Alexander said...

Although I like the idea behind this post, and love some of the paintings included, you do realise that nobody looks at the same painting for 2 hours straight, right? While I don't think films should be just about entertainment, they do have perhaps the highest potential to entertain out of all mediums, so it's not surprising (although a little disappointing) that people dismiss contemplative cinema in favour of crashwhizbangs and cheap laughs. Just discovered this blog today, BTW, great stuff!

HarryTuttle said...

If you never spent 2h on a painting in your life, you didn't study art seriously yet.
You realize that critics and historians spend more than the normal runtime of a film on it to study it in depth, right? Watching it over and over, frame by frame, extensive still shot analysis...