The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

December 22, 2013

December 22, 1915

The goal of the PreRaphaelite Brotherhood, a group of Victorian painters, has been described as representing that "core of art [which] lay in 'what is direct and serious and heartfelt'”. Arthur Hughes (January 27, 1832 to December 22, 1915) was one of the school, and certainly does not prove you can do really without brains in the painting enterprise.

Here is a painting he did about 1899 and entitled "Dark Thoughts."

We notice the thoughts are represented as feline bat-like creatures. Such a picture may well convey the world of thought, in the imagination of many Victorian thinkers. Notice the well lit lower spaces where people are accomplishing something, not just crouching vacantly. You could almost put this painting on a spectrum of representations of the modern spirit, preceding such works as Edvard Munch's "The Scream". The connection I am guessing at, is not one based on  intellectual contact between thinkers, but a connection based on the realities these thinkers were all looking at. It might have seemed at the time that there were no intellectual alternatives to theories like the Darwinian survival of the fittest.  I gotta stop 

sampling PBR stuff.  I can't think of anything funny to say about it.

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