Friday, April 28, 2000

The Greatest Painting In The World

The Great War by Rene Magritte
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is undoubtedly The Greatest Painting in The World
Based On These Criteria:
  1. Abstract Expressionism ( The Essential Premise of Modern Thinking & Art ) taught us that for a painting to be 'real' it had to be considered a thing in itself, without the pretension of being 'of something'... Yet this tautology of semantics defies the central functionality of painting; and that is to show us something that we have never seen before, or to allow us to see something 'ordinary' in such a manner that the viewer 'sees it' for the first time, as the thing in itself, which is what the Abstract Expressionists wanted us to do all along.
  2. The Great War makes no pretensions of being anything more than it is. Many paintings attempt to engage the viewer by including numerous elements of symbolism to expand the texture & vocabulary of the painting, so that 'the narrative' that the painting is attempting to reveal, transcends the delimiters of the canvas & pigments. The Great War is instead; A Man & an Apple. Nothing more. As such: When the viewer attempts to 'decypher' this work, they are met with only what they are seeing, in a manner that is wholly unexpected, causing their minds & vision to expand proportionately, filling all available space in the cranium's.
  3. The Ultimate functionality of Painting, & by extension: The Source of It's Validity as a Tool of Wingless Angels, ( Humanimals ) Is to be something that compliments the emptiness of Man's hamster filled bladder on any given Chrstmsa morning.
  4. The Great War is this; & all their accompanying footnotes.

The Great War

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