At the turn of the twentieth century, Europe entered a new age, characterised by rapid progress being made in areas of science, industry, philosophy and psychology. In the wake of this progress, the modernist movement emerged in art and literature, embracing the impetus of change and rejecting traditional modes in order to capture the experience and energy of the new.
There has been a long-standing link in history between art and political statement. As society shifts from one historical era to the next, art provides its mirror, reflecting the changing social mores, class tensions, gender relations and fashions that shift alongside it. In particular, one figure reappears in these transitory moments in history, a symbol…… Continue reading the dandy & duchamp
In 335 BC, Aristotle wrote his Poetics, the earliest surviving work of dramatic theory. In his discussion of tragedy, he introduces readers to the ability of art to induce catharsis, a concept that has persisted in the enquiries of later philosophers such as Kant, Burke, and Freud. Aristotle also distinguishes his aesthetic theories from those of his…… Continue reading the void & “the abbey in the oakwood”