De-humanization in Art

De-humanization in Art

Books
The essay, written by José Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955) had been published in 1925. The first art movements had arisen and had changed for ever the Art world: cubism, dadaism, expressionism and surrealism; the first abstract Works.   Ortega was not against all those Art avant-garde but was well aware that there was a gap among all this new art, most with an intellectual quality, compared to the tastes or the aesthetic needs of the common man. The average individual does not understand all that ‘intelligentsia’, mocks it or attacks it and, at the end, the average individual simply ignores it.    That’s what he meant when he wrote about De-humanization in Art (he did not really write about the Art lacking humanity). Like in some of those books written by Ortega…
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Tucán

Tucán

Aviation, Books
When someone orders a painting or a drawing in order to illustrate the cover of a book it is always a pleasure and, at the same time, a matter of pride: a kind a work that will last forever! I enthusiastically accepted the assignment: an oil painting for the cover of a book written by my friend Michel Lozares Sanchez. The author tells in full detail the history of the Douglas C-54 Skymaster on duty in the Spanish Air Force. He is an excellent modeller and an accurate researcher devoted to all matters related to aviation. He has also has been carrying out tireless work in a new field named ‘aero-archaeology’ (researching and cataloguing crashed or abandoned aircraft and recovering interesting historical remains). As a matter of fact, these aircraft had…
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Of Human Bondage

Of Human Bondage

Books
William Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) has been always considered a scarcely original writer, with his much simple, straightforward style, always uncompromised. Maugham himself agreed he didn’t experience or risk and he really didn’t care. He was never held in higher esteem among readers like Joyce or Virginia Woolf, but around 1930 he was the most famous and the best paid in the world. Maugham was everything but a failed writer. I like this very well-known novel because a good part of the events takes place in Paris, in an effervescent artistic atmosphere during the impressionist age, when Manet’s Olympia is exhibited in the Luxembourg.  Paris is a dream destination for all those who had felt ‘the call’. The British young man, Philip Carey, is one of those people. He is born…
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