Saturday, December 04, 2010

The Climax Of Absurdity

The climax of absurdity to which the art [of landscape painting] may be carried, when led away from nature by fashion, may be best seen in the works of [Francois] Boucher. His landscape, of which he was evidently fond, is pastoral. And such pastorality! It is the pastoral of the opera house!

John Constable, lecturing on landscape painting in 1836

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