Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Pound by Breker

Edit: I should link the site I pulled this from, as it is the best page I've found on Breker so far. It contains numerous pictures of Breker himself, his work, and biographical information.

How vibrant!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Monday, February 20, 2012

Jacket Lining

Pictured above is the lining and exterior of one of my favorite jackets, a Harris Tweed bomber jacket. I consider it unseemly to flash lining and labels as if one were a bird of paradise of the sartorial world, but a jacket carelessly strewn on a couch so as to reveal an interesting lining is acceptable.

Monday, February 13, 2012

A Polish Kiss

Zubrowka, or bison grass, vodka is distinct amongst the vodka I've sampled; not a run of the mill vodka, nor a girly fruit flavored concoction. It contains subtle notes of almonds and vanilla. The friends I've shared it with have either loved it or hated it. It can be taken neat, or mixed with apple juice (a Polish Kiss). The only downside to Zubrowka is that is quite delicious, so it is more than easy to drink a lot of it quickly.

What is art?

A criticism often levelled at degenerate art: "That's not art!" In this sentence there is the implication that art is beautiful. (Degenerate art, not being beautiful, would not be art.) In European art this is often the case; even if the sufferings of Hell are to be depicted, then they are to be pleasing to the eye. Gustave Dore's engravings of Dante's Inferno do as much. However, the defender of degenerate art, being clever, is quick to respond with a barrage of semantic questions. "What is art anyways? How is this not art then?" and so on and so forth. Rather than trapping oneself in such a morass, there should be a revised understanding of art. Artwork is something birthed from one's very soul, and is a reflection of that soul. The artwork which is grotesque is, then, the product of a malformed soul. It is not so much a question of a particular style or school of composition, but what vision the artist puts forth. For example: Lucian Freud and Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida can both be said to paint in an impressionistic style, but one depicts the world as bland and pervasively ugly whereas Bastida depicted the beauty peculiar to his Spain. So yes, Lucian Freud, Frank Gehry, etc. are all artists and their work is art - but art birthed by a crippled, degenerate soul.

Benefits Supervisor Sleeping, Lucian Freud

Cosienda la vela, Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Futurist Mussolini

Mussolini - Anno XI, Gerardo Dottori

Il Duce, Alessandro Bruschetti

Continuous Profile - Head of Mussolini, Renato Guiseppe Bertelli

Aero Portrait of Benito Mussolini the Aviator, Filippo Marinetti

Thursday, February 2, 2012


"Mon ami, tout hussard qui n'est pas mort à trente ans est un jean-foutre." or, "My friend, any hussar who isn't dead by 30 is a blackguard." - General Antoine Lasalle, from the Mémoires du général Bon Thiébault