Sunday, 14 March 2010

Absorbing form and colour

A quote by Baudelaire, the French poet and social commentator. He wrote the quote below in 1863. His quote was written as a description of art and of capturing modern life. However, his words could be related to any type of creative pursuit:

"The child sees everything in a state of newness; he is always
drunk. Nothing more resembles what we call inspiration than the
delight with which a child absorbs form and colour ... Genius is
nothing more nor less than childhood recovered at will – a
childhood now equipped for self-expression with manhood’s
capacities and a power of analysis which enables it to order the
mass of raw material which it has involuntarily accumulated."

Taken from Baudelaire, 1863, in Harrison et al., 1998 in Moohan, 2008.

My only criticism is that he centres his focus around the exploits of man. Indeed, the woman is only present by way of her total absence. Other than that, this quote, to use a modern phrase, is awesome!

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