Prologue

Written by Luis Xeiroto
English grammar corrections by Paul Klees

 
 

the art criticThe Art Critic“. Norman Rockwell. Illustration for Saturday Evening Post cover. Published April 16, 1956

 
 

“We work in the dark — we do what we can — we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.”

Henry James.

“The Middle Years”

 
 

What is this blog about? This blog is basically a personal and constant researching about the stylistic origin of some pieces of art and their author’s background; the historical context when such pieces were made; their source of inspiration; the birth of a trend and its developing through its epigones. The etymology of “epigone” is from the Greek word ἐπίγονος, which means “born after”. It refers to the person who follows the style of former generations, someone who follows the steps of a school or an artist they admire. In order that any artistic discipline carries on evolving it takes to have a sense of History and respect to our predecessors.

According to Charles Darwin in his Origin of the Species theory, every living creature acts by means of an “intelligent design”. In other words: nothing comes up spontaneously. The name of this blog in itself alludes to a genealogical tree, not strictly in the filial sense, rather in aesthetic or visual connections though. The idea emerged from an offhand remark that I logged on a sketchbook:

 
 

 Preliminary sketch for Norman Rockwell’s “Family Tree“. Saturday Evening Post cover, published October 24, 1959.

 
 

“Inspiration, to talk for talking’s sake, is naturally promiscuous. At least that’s the way my inspiration rolls since it skips about with a pile of influences. Some of them shoot up deliberately like a graft selected with care, so that they would sprout in accordance with expectations. Other influences come by chance. Anyway, it is always difficult beginning the recherché de la paternité of a style. Every single artist has a distinctly unique genealogical tree with intricate and leafy branches. Searching and thorough contemplation are the most effective tools to discover such lineage from the root and afterward we would see how the fruit beard has been spread around the world.”

 
 

Folio: Big Tree of Elements

 
 

It’s always surprising to me how many people apparently were not attached because the long geographical distances or generation gap between them, likewise there is something that joins them as an unbreakable bond. Would it be that “phenomenon” related to the six grades of separation theory? I’m not sure. But I think that a lot of things in this universe are connected and they will always be. And any human action provokes an ecumenical reaction. Ideally it should be a favorable reaction for the environment.

I enjoy discovering what some artists have in common and their cultural legacy. Seeing how much do they differ from each other or how much their styles are familiar to them, to the others or invent to mine. I also enjoy studying in depth or as they say, going into in details about topics that some consider superficial stuffs.

The posts that I’m going to gather and share in this site will be collected under a “coincidental” viewpoint. I endeavor to take a holistic approach to my posts, though,and they are not intended to be comprehensive.

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