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C. ch.8: Two Footnotes

1.  The War Artist that C. chats with, who complains that it is impossible to paint what you see in an airplane, grouses that “‘It all comes from that show.’/ ‘What show?’ Serge asks./ ‘The bloody show!’ Carlisle hisses. ‘Fry and his buddies.'”

Carlisle is referring to Roger Fry, sometimes painter and art critic (and professor at the Slade School, which Carlisle attended), and the show he’s referring to is described by Wikipedia, below”

In November 1910, Fry organised the exhibition Manet and the Post-Impressionists (a term which he coined) at the Grafton Galleries, London. This exhibition was the first to prominently feature Gauguin, Manet, Matisse, and Van Gogh in England and brought their art to the public. Virginia Woolf later said, “On or about December 1910 human character changed,” referring to the effect this exhibit had on the world.

(Fry was a personal friend of the Bloomsburyites and Woolf wrote his biography in 1940.)

2.  Germany’s Romanticism was richer in philosophers than England’s, and of course it had the stunning polymath Goethe; but German Romantics weren’t all as sunny as Goethe and Hegel. Although I’ve never read his work seriously, the more tortured German Romantic poet is Hölderlin, who spent the last thirty years of his life in a hermit’s tower after his lover died before they could marry, and after a period in a mental institution:  the entire Wikipedia piece about him is quite interesting, with perhaps the highlight being the sentence, “On 11 September [1806] Hölderlin was delivered into the clinic at Tübingen run by Dr Ferdinand Autenrieth, inventor of a mask for the prevention of screaming in the mentally ill.”  Here’s, first, a translation of, Patmos quoted in ch. 8, from a 2007 issue of Harper’s, as well as a quick commentary on it from the translator, especially its relation to Heidegger.  Did any of you take Liz Goodstein’s Greeks and Germans class?  The other poem is The Titans, translated here.

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July 16, 2015 - Posted by | C

2 Comments

  1. Again I have to thank you Pat, for calling attention to such interesting and rich details.

    Comment by adkriefall | July 28, 2015

  2. I wish I had taken Liz’s class. I did study Heidegger and Holderlin with a great Marxist professor, Geoff Waite, at Cornell. Read some Holderlin with our old pal, John Dewis, too. Remember John?

    Comment by adkriefall | July 28, 2015


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