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An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter by César Aira

By César Aira

An Episode within the lifetime of a panorama Painter is the tale of a second within the lifetime of the German artist Johan Moritz Rugendas (1802-1858). vastly prominent as a grasp panorama painter, he used to be recommended through Alexander von Humboldt to shuttle West from Europe to list the wonderful landscapes of Chile, Argentina, and Mexico. Rugendas did in truth turn into the best of the nineteenth-century ecu painters to enterprise into Latin the United States. besides the fact that this isn't a biography of Rugendas. This paintings of fiction weaves a virtually surreal historical past round the mystery aim at the back of Rugendas' journeys to the US: to go to Argentina with a view to in achieving in artwork the "physiognomic totality" of von Humboldt's medical imaginative and prescient of the full. Rugendas is confident that purely within the mysterious vastness of the massive plains will he locate actual suggestion. a quick and dramatic stopover at to Mendosa offers him the opportunity to meet his dream. From there he travels immediately out onto the pampas, praying for that very unlikely second, which might come in basic terms at a major pricean nearly monstrously exorbitant fee that might eventually problem his drawing and strength him to create a brand new approach of constructing paintings. an odd episode that he couldn't steer clear of soaking up savagely into his personal physique interrupts the journey and irreversibly and explosively marks him for all times.

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Having already on several occasions wondered whence there comes this grace ... I found an altogether universal rule ... namely to escape ... affectation and, to say possibly a new word, use in all things a certain disdain that hides the art and shows what is done and what is said to be done without toil and almost without thinking about it. 17 Baldassarre’s dress in Raphael’s portrait is sober, without ornaments and in tenuous colours; the hat is devoid of plumes, the collar low. The face is serene, but the expression is intense.

A denial of the identity of the real and the rational defended by the same philosopher. 20 PIERO TRUPIA Fortunately, the great painters did not let themselves be led astray. Let us here recall the masterpieces by Diego Velasquez representing the court dwarfs, in any case high-ranking personages: El Primo, Don Antonio el Ingles and Sebastian de Morra, all at the Prado. El Primo is represented between books, flipping through one of them. Don Antonio with a princely costume: a large lace collar, a feathered hat and a dog.

Forehead high and look at the height of the look of others as only a man of character could do in those days. It shows without saying, a sure sign of ‘grace and disdain’. The Gioconda, too, was homo novus. The hands, crossed at the level of the pulse, have a different degree of slight tension. The smile shows awareness of herself and mastery of the vast surrounding world. Exterior world, not interior. The nose is robust, well planted and authoritative. The forehead has two slight lateral protuberances that stand out in an ample space.

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