Thursday 22nd of February 2018

a democratic entry into the world...

origin of the world...
Facebook has told a French court that it did not delete a user's account because he posted a picture of a 19th-century painting depicting a woman's crotch area by influential artist Gustave Courbet.

Teacher Frederic Durand claims that the social media giant shut down his account after he uploaded a photo of Courbet’s ‘L'Origine du Monde’ (The Origin of the World), which is on display in the Musee d'Orsay in Paris.

In the long-running saga Durand accuses Facebook of deactivating his account “without warning or justification”in February 2011, AFP reports.

He sued the company in the name of freedom of expression but because of a row over jurisdiction the case only came before the court on Thursday.


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showing the truth....


“Proudest and most arrogant man in France” *

The pioneering artist of the 19th century, Realist painter Gustav Courbet once and for all rejected academic traditions and conventions of the bourgeois society. He is the one who paved the way for the Impressionism and all the avant-garde movements that followed it in the 20th century.

Courbet became tired of the pretentiousness of the official art and was determined to render the world as he saw it. Courbet strived to be independent from the public’s taste and constantly challenged convention by his emphatically realistic renderings of scenes from the daily life. No graceful poses or impressive colors – Courbet was not depicting beauty, he was depicting truth. This uncompromising artistic sincerity made him stand out from all other artists working at that time in Paris and often forced him to exhibit his work independently from the Salon.

Before he developed his unique realistic painting style and before he produced his groundbreaking masterpieces, including The Origin of the World and The Stone Breakers, Courbet made a number of Romantic self-portraits including this one. Deeply emotional, The Desperate Man is among the earliest works by the artist that he completed in 1845. With his eyes wide-open, Courbet is staring straight at you and tearing his hair. Popular at the time, the Romantic approach to portraiture was concerned with expressing emotional and psychological states of the individual. And although Courbet never considered himself a Romantic painter, he coped with the task extremely well. When you look at this self-portrait you do not only experience his desperation (as the title suggests) but you also get the idea of what kind of personality Gustave Courbet was himself. Bold, wily, radical, ambitious and determined. Determined to challenge established painting genres, protest against traditional clichés, and change the course of art history.

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of golden verses...

Man! free thinker! - you delude in your thinking exclusive
In this world where life shines in every hide:
Forces that you restrain, as your choices decide,
But in all your ideals, the universe is excluded.

Respect in all beast, an acting spirit: ...
Each flower is a Natural soul that matures;
The mystery of love in the metal allures:
"Everything is feeling!" - And you are so dominant!

Fear the wall from where hidden eyes spies on you
To every essense of matter a word is attached ...
So do not use these names for any nasty desires!

Often in the weird animal lives a hidden thought;
And like a new eye covered by its eyelids,
A pure spirit, grows under the surface of the stones!

From "Les Vers Dorés" by Gérard de Nerval ...
See   Faust



Translation by Jules Letambour...


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as I talk to the birds...


Talking animals: we aren’t the only species capable of speech …

Ongoing studies show that some mammals and birds can mimic the sound of the human voice


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