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196 HONORS DAUMIER The Third Class,Carria ge ca 1862 254 x 35 65 4 x 90 2. 197 JEAN FRANGOIS MILLET The Cleaners,1857 33 x 44 83 8 x 111 8. at the dawn of this new age in On the Heroism of Modern beauty which is an expression of universal equality but. Life 1846 also their poetic beauty which is an expression of the. public soul an immense cortege of undertakers mutes. and that the new one is not vet established But all the. mutes in love political mutes bourgeois mutes We, same has not this much abused garb its own beauty and its. are each of us celebrating some funeral, native charm Is it not the necessary garb of our suffering. age which wears the symbol of a perpetual mourning even Compared to modern men in frock coats like those from. upon its thin black shoulders Note too that the dress Balzac s novels the poet then explains the heroes of the Iliad. coat and the frock coat not only possess their political are but pygmies. RHETORICS OF REALIST ART AND POLITICS 207, u I LNM t act and 1xcrtitmaL c i ncur i t c ctc t NICC I lc tirr w t o.
J avail it l art d aimer rI t vide plein do respect p ur add the first time as traced the second as Iarce. le beau sexe et plus Iwli quc 9extuc je me retirai Caussidiere for Danton Louis Blanc for Robespierre the. La poussiere du Forum m await dess 1chd le gosier Mountain of 1848 31 for the fountain of 1793 1795 the. I entrai tans un caf6 Peer m ecrini je apponez m n Nephew for the Uncle And the same caricature occurs in. une lace 6 la pomme dc Hcsperidc et au rhum, the circumstances in which the second edition of the. Eighteenth Brumaire is taking place 18 Brumaire is the. date in 1799 according to the Revolutionary calendar. when Napoleon I assumed supreme power, No longer can Classical antiquity be plausible i nvoked Marx. argues to cloak from the men and women of 1851 the real. nature of their unheroic deeds and attitudes Neither the. bourgeoisie nor their proletarian interlocutors can any longer. have recourse to such idealist self deceptions Because 1789. served to liberate only the bourgeoisie and not all of humanity. from oppression Marx writes the revolutionists of that day. required world historical recollections in order to drug. themselves concerning their own content Since on the. other hand the present revolution was being waged by the. proletariat on behalf of all humanity it required absolute. clarity as to means and ends In order to arrive at its. content Marx says the revolution of the nineteenth. century must let the dead bury their dead There the phrase. Absorbe par un flamine qui pnait la demi tasse a deux. ve tale le gar nn ne prenait point garde h moi, went beyond the content here the content goes beyond the. In England no less than France the style and phrase of. Classical antiquity there only recently embraced quickly. 198 GRANDVILLE Apple of the Hesperides and rum ice from L n gave way to an art and literature that emphasized fidelity to the. Autre Monde 18, materiality of things directness of emotional appeal and. honesty to natural appearances The artists who formed the. In contrast to Baudelaire s irony Daumier and his fellow Pre Raphaelite Brotherhood PRB in 1848 William Hol. caricaturist Grandville U I I Gerard 1803 47 chose man Hunt 1827 1910 John Everett Millais 1829 96 and. anachronism to satirize the real conditions of their Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828 82 were inspired by the. suffering age In the 1840 s they highlighted the dubious revolutionary events on the Continent and by the English. heroism of the present by depicting the stylishness of figures working class movement for a People s Charter to attempt a. 198 from the Classical past as in Daumier s lithograph The reform of British art Rejecting the mannerism of the later. Abduction of Helen from Le Charivari 1842 and Grand Raphael as much as the formulas of the Royal Academy the. ville s engraving of Romans ordering an apple of the PRB turned for inspiration to fifteenth century Italian and. Hesperides and rum ice In the latter sheet from the Flemish painting and to early nineteenth century German art. Fourierist Un Autre Monde 1844 see pp 203 and 298 a by Runge Friedrich and the Nazarenes The Nazarenes so. modish menage wearing Roman sandals are seated in a bistro called for their beards and long hair were a brotherhood of. being served drinks by a surly waiter standing in Classical Catholic converted German artists active in Rome after 1810. contraposto Once again the rhetorics of Realist art and politics They included Peter Cornelius Johann Friedrich Overbeck. may be seen to overlap Anachronism and caricature were the and Franz Pforr From these near and distant sources the. linguistic weapons of choice for Karl Marx a few years later PRB sought the bases for a regeneration the group s journal. when he sought to describe the hypocrisy and servility of the was named The Germ of British culture and society. bourgeoisie who permitted Louis Napoleon nephew to the Millais dispensed with Classical costume and architecture. first Napoleon to destroy the Second Republic in a coup d etat as well as with High Renaissance grace and timelessness in. Christ in the House of His Parents 180 The genre scene of 199. on December 2 1851,20 8 RHETORICS OF REALIST ART AND POLITICS.
tqq JOHN EVERETT MILLAIS Christ in the House of His Parents zoo WILLIAM HOLMAN HUNT The Awakening Conscience 185 29 x 22. i 85o 33 x 54 85 x 137 2 i3 9 x 55 8, the boy Christ and his working class family instead enshrines. matter of factness physical labor and the unidealized body. Derived from his observation of a carpenter s shop on Oxford. Street in London Millais s interior is filled with accurate. details of metier tools and wood shavings connoting the. human and spiritual worth of sweat and handcraft, By contrast with Millais s Christ the interior of Hunt s. 200 The Awakening Conscience 1853 is filled with all manner. of Victorian gewgaws and bric a brac The picture records. the moment when a young woman with a startled holy. resolve in the painter s words determines to escape her. sinful fallen life Like the woman and man themselves the. drawing room has a physiognomy that tells a story which is as. Ruskin wrote common modern vulgar tragical, Furniture rugs curtains tapestry book clock and picture all. possess a terrible lustre and fatal newness which, bespeak in Ruskin s words the moral evil of the age in which. it is painted As with Couture s Romans of the Decadence. Hunt s Awakening Conscience argues that the issue of moral. and material degeneracy is inseparable from the woman. question but whereas the one depicts a female as the. heedless agent of modern society s corruption the other sees. her as its guileless victim,RHETORICS OF REALIST ART 1 D POLITICS 20 9.
lady lirmo n 1 1 521 91 monumental and complcc paint them and ensla c than to tiltFii l u rc. 2117 ing Fork 1852 65 preaches the Christian Socialist gospel of Millais Hunt and Brown s pictures like many others bN. work as the cure for the social unrest and moral iniquity that the PRB and their associates in their first decade and a half. plagued mid Victorian England Both paintings in fact were were disdained by critics precisely for their insistent particu. commissioned b y the same evangelizing patron the Leeds larity contemporaneity and topicality regardless of the. stockbroker and philanthropist Edward Plint Unlike the subject depicted Indeed at almost the same moment when. former painting however Brown s is based on contemporary Courbet s paintings of proletarian labor and ritual were. London life not on biblical narrative The scene is set in mid condemned at the Paris Salon for their ugliness and vulgarity. afternoon at Heath Street in Hampstead a group of men Millais s Christ at the Royal Academy Exhibition was being. known as navvies representing the outward and visible attacked by Charles Dickens for its rejection of all elevating. type of Work as Brown wrote in his extended explication of thoughts or beautiful associations in the name of w hat is. the picture is shown digging a trench into which a new mean odious repulsive and revolting Brown s painting was. waterworks main will be laid To the left carrying a basket of subjected to no such obloquy when it was finally finished and. wildflowers for sale stands a ragged wretch a represen exhibited in 1865 instead it was ignored for the most part by. tative of the lumpen ignorant and disenfranchised pro critics and public alike At no time in the nineteenth century. l etariat In contrast to the fully developed navvy who does were the visual cultures of England and France closer than. his work and loves his beer he has never been taught to work during the European turmoil of 1848 and its aftermath. and doubts and despairs of every one Above him on In the exact middle of the nineteenth century the content. horseback and on foot are the idle rich who have no need to went beyond the phrase to repeat Marx s formulation in. work One of them with umbrella bonnet and downward both politics and art A cataclysmic European wide economic. cast eyes has just handed a temperance tract to a navvy who decline during the years 1846 8 coinciding with a series of. returns a skeptical glance To the far right of the painting national political crises led to an outbreak of revolution in. stand two men who appear to have nothing to do but who France in February 1848 Uprisings quickly followed in. are in fact brain workers Their job is to think and criticize Germany Austria Hungary Poland and Italy among other. like the sages in ancient Greece thereby helping to assure states and kingdoms The February revolution in France. well ordained work and happiness in others These however was succeeded in June by a second and still more. sages in fact are the Christian Socialist Frederick significant insurrection The closure of the National Work. Denison Maurice at right and the great polemicist and shops whose recent establishment had been a half hearted. reactionary socialist as Marx wrote in 1848 Thomas attempt by the Provisional Government to placate the left. Carlyle at left led to a massive proletarian rising on June 23 On the. Indeed amid the extraordinary welter of persons anec following day barricades rapidly ribboned through the old. dotes and details not the smallest of which has been twisting streets of Paris and a pitched battle was waged. considered unworthy of thought and deep study as the between working class insurgents and the National Guard. artist s granddaughter noted the presence of Carlyle is supported by a bourgeois and peasant party of order By the. especially significant In his Past and Present 1843 Carlyle 26th the workers and such intellectual fellow travelers as. condemned the loss of affective human bonds in contempor Baudelaire were isolated in their faubourgs their defenses. ary British society and their replacement by a cold and were in tatters and their cause was doomed 1500 died in the. i mpersonal cash payment nexus The solution to the three days of battle 3000 more were slaughtered in the. present crisis he believed lay in leadership by an aristocracy immediate aftermath and many thousands in addition were. of talent and in the cleansing power of hard work Physical arrested imprisoned and transported to distant penal. labor he wrote is like a free flowing channel dug and colonies The June days the conservative political theorist. torn by noble force draining off the sour festering water Alexis de Tocqueville wrote were a struggle of class against. making instead of a pestilent swamp a green fruitful class Marx was in agreement calling the insurrection the. meadow In Work Brown made the Carlyle metaphor first great battle between the two classes that split modern. concrete and real His navvies are laying pipe as the art society The revolution was defeated in France and every. historian Gerard Curtis has discussed to provide fresh water where else in 1848 but the image of the quarante huitard. to replace the fetid streams that turned working class armed and brimming with revolutionary ardor informed the. neighborhoods into filthy and pestilential slums Hard work rhetoric of the age. Brown and Carlyle believed is essential to human health and During and after 1848 artists and revolutionaries in France. human nature itself it ennobles people and cleanses their very the names of the latter include P J Proudhon Louis Blanc. 21 0 RHETORICS OF REALIST ART AND POLITICS, I iyuc I11r anel un h iried I M mtcr 1 orhet Inlet. Octave Tassaert and Isidore Pils shared a perception ofsocial. dislocation alienation from the Classical past and concern or. joy about a pending revolution The Realist Daumier who. lived at this time in the midst of the working class 9th. Arrondissement of Paris described and depicted in his. paintings and caricatures contemporary urban street life and. l eisure and the domestic hardships and j oys of working. people The Realist Millet who left Paris in 1849 for the. peaceful rural village of Barbizon represented in The Gleaners. and The Somer 1850 the virtue of agricultural labor and the 201. biblical nobility of rural poverty Both artists are Realists by. virtue of their common focus upon contemporary working. class life and urban and rural conflict Yet the very. commonality of this rhetoric of Realism should serve as a. warning that w e are in the presence of an ideology whose. function was to obscure as much as it was to reveal the. AVANT GARDE RHETORICS OF REALIST ART AND POLITICS 2116 G USTAVE COURBET 1819 77 BELONGED TO THE Post Romantic generation of French artists and writers that included Honore Daumier J F Millet Gustave Flau bert and Charles Baudelaire They were born at the close of an heroic age In their youth they witnessed the breakdown of a common language of Classicism the dissipation of revol

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