Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Grotesque figures, crooked buildings, angular walls, deliberate artificiality, bizarre style, stilted movement, abstract significance, a profound "document" of the state of German culture at the beginning of the Weimar Republic, an 'epicenter' of German Expressionism, a landmark in the evolution of the art of film...

Completely meaningless but susceptible to description,  conducive to outlandish interpretation, and begging some "important" explanation.  I can barely sit through sixty seconds, bored even of my own fondness for analysis, evaluation, and diagnosis.

A painting by Lyonel Feininger, however, I can view for hours, meanwhile thoroughly disabused of the desire to pronounce commentary.

Stiller Tag am Meer III, 1929

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