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Seeing (A une passante)

Françoise Meltzer

in Seeing Double

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780226519883
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226519876 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226519876.003.0003
Seeing (A une passante)

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Baudelaire's art criticism shows a certain wariness toward nature. The obsession with original sin does not abandon Baudelaire when he is looking at art, any more than it does when he considers the essence of laughter. He was unsettled by the presence of the natural world. Much has been written on Baudelaire's art criticism, and his views on art are taken far more seriously now than they were when he published them (or than when Benjamin voiced his negative judgment). Indeed, he is frequently considered the father of modern art criticism. He had an unerring grasp of what the artist was attempting, even if he was not always on target with respect to posterity's assessments.

Keywords: art criticism; nature; original sin; Baudelaire; modern art; judgment; seeing

Chapter.  29613 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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