The fire burns splendidly. It is a cinema of flames – an eternal image, a wildfire, The end. The watercolor is golden; it is red and black with untimely visions. There is joy and there are clouds – colorful smoke signals that float toward the sky
“… I like clouds… passing clouds… over there … over there …
the wonderful clouds!
We can no longer even see how an insurrection might begin. Sixty years of pacification and containment of historical upheavals, sixty years of democratic anesthesia and the management of events, have dulled our perception of the real, our sense of the war in progress. We need to start by recovering this perception.
The Coming Insurrection. The Invisible Committee
Louder and louder, wilder and wilder, mounted the shrieking and whining of that desperate viol. The player was dripping with an uncanny perspiration and twisted like a monkey, always looking frantically at the curtained window. In his frenzied strains I could almost see shadowy satyrs and Bacchanals dancing and whirling insanely through seething abysses of clouds and smoke and lightning. And then I thought I heard a shriller, steadier note that was not from the viol; a calm, deliberate, purposeful, mocking note from far away in the west.
The revolution we are announcing will overturn the entire existing order or it will not take place at all. If we believe that the present system is capable of being reformed, that it can, in itself, check the fatal course of its evolution towards Dictatorship—the dictatorship of money, of race, of class, of the Nation—we will certainly refuse to run the risk of an explosion capable of destroying precious things that can only be rebuilt with much time, perseverance, selflessness, and love.
Georges Bernanos, France against robots
And they shall burn thine houses with fire, and execute judgments upon thee in the sight of many women: and I will cause thee to cease from playing the harlot, and thou also shalt give no hire any more.
So I found inspiration in works that I considered to be exceptional. For example, there was prehistory, next to an Egyptian god or the very dark background of Rembrandt’s painting. Rembrandt painted in his cellar and in the end his portraits were almost a kind of background. There was a look, we feel that the painter’s quest is truly linked to these questions: what is painting?
Cérémonies. Gerard Gasiorowski
Fiery the angels fell, deep thunder rolled around their shores, burning with the fires of Orc
Roy after William Blake
We must not forget here, as our eighth element in the situation, that there are large parts of the world where artist are forbidden to explore alternatives. The theories of Marxism as they were interpreted in the former Soviet Union regarded all the experimentation of twentieth-century art as mere symptom of the decay of capitalisr society. The symptom of a healthy communist society was an art that celebrated the joys of productive work by painting cheerfull tractor drivers or sturdy miners. Naturally this attempt to control the arts from above has made us all aware of the real blessings we owe to our freedom. It also, unfortunately, drew the arts into the political arena and turned them into a weapon in the Cold War.
Official sponsorship of extremist rebels in the Western camp might not have been so eager had it not been for the opportunity to drive home this very real contrast between a free society and a dictatorship.
Ernst Gombrich, The Story of Art, 1950
It’s just a spring clean for the May queen
Yes, there are two paths you can go by
Led Zeppelin, Stairway to Heaven