Never be a follower.

15 Apr

Literally everything I stand for. Perfectly written. Brilliance.

Franca Sozzani, 04/03/2013:

“I recently read the memoir of Misia Sert, muse and close friend of Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Diaghilev, Bonnard, Picasso, Cocteau and many more. She discovered talents and supported them economically and morally. She anticipated and never followed.

There’s a part of the book that shows what “understanding the genius” means, or becoming a “worshipper” of someone who has become a recognized genius: “At the time of my youth a few of us loved a painting by Bonnard, a poem by Mallarmé or a ballet by Stravinsky. Today you will find not just thousands, but millions of human beings ready to declare they adore Picasso. What disturbs, and at the same time terrorizes me, is the idea of a “god” of whom their passionate followers completely ignore the precepts…He has been carried by a rising flow that has deposed him on the highest peak.”

Judging because everyone has already judged, and endorsing other people’s opinions only to be on the “right side” is disqualifying. It’s better to go against the tide and be alone with one’s opinions at the cost of appearing “wrong and incompetent”. As Misia underlines in her book: “The public eagerly gets hold of anything that belongs to Picasso, without the voice of the child from Andersen’s fable raising, the child that despite the blind admiration of prostrating multitudes shouted, in his innocence: “The King is naked! “…

She said so because she rightly believed that one cannot possibly create 365 masterpieces a year, and considering that Picasso has even painted various canvasses on a single day, not all of them could be total masterpieces.

Being able to evaluate using one’s own eyes, mind and sensitiveness and not being influenced by trends and the times, and maybe failing to appreciate a true talent.

To make things clear: it’s not that Misia doubted Picasso’s talent, she just wanted to point out that also the great maestros have their flaws and that the sublime must not be confused with the less beautiful. In short, being objective, always, without being influenced by a name but by the quality of the work.

It’s pointless to follow, because, sooner or later, we will be taken aback in any case. We must be sustained by our own thought and if we are really unable to understand, it’s better to say so. Never nod, never pretend. One risks staying ignorant, besides looking like a minor figure following other people’s thoughts.

I recently read the memoir of Misia Sert, muse and close friend of Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Diaghilev, Bonnard, Picasso, Cocteau and many more. She discovered talents and supported them economically and morally. She anticipated and never followed.

There’s a part of the book that shows what “understanding the genius” means, or becoming a “worshipper” of someone who has become a recognized genius: “At the time of my youth a few of us loved a painting by Bonnard, a poem by Mallarmé or a ballet by Stravinsky. Today you will find not just thousands, but millions of human beings ready to declare they adore Picasso. What disturbs, and at the same time terrorizes me, is the idea of a “god” of whom their passionate followers completely ignore the precepts…He has been carried by a rising flow that has deposed him on the highest peak.”

Judging because everyone has already judged, and endorsing other people’s opinions only to be on the “right side” is disqualifying. It’s better to go against the tide and be alone with one’s opinions at the cost of appearing “wrong and incompetent”. As Misia underlines in her book: “The public eagerly gets hold of anything that belongs to Picasso, without the voice of the child from Andersen’s fable raising, the child that despite the blind admiration of prostrating multitudes shouted, in his innocence: “The King is naked! “…

She said so because she rightly believed that one cannot possibly create 365 masterpieces a year, and considering that Picasso has even painted various canvasses on a single day, not all of them could be total masterpieces.

Being able to evaluate using one’s own eyes, mind and sensitiveness and not being influenced by trends and the times, and maybe failing to appreciate a true talent.

To make things clear: it’s not that Misia doubted Picasso’s talent, she just wanted to point out that also the great maestros have their flaws and that the sublime must not be confused with the less beautiful. In short, being objective, always, without being influenced by a name but by the quality of the work.

It’s pointless to follow, because, sooner or later, we will be taken aback in any case. We must be sustained by our own thought and if we are really unable to understand, it’s better to say so. Never nod, never pretend. One risks staying ignorant, besides looking like a minor figure following other people’s thoughts.”

http://www.vogue.it/en/magazine/editor-s-blog/2013/04/april-3rd?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=marketing&utm_campaign=blog

 

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