Quotes of quotes of quotes of quotes, 8/6

Today I’ve got a quote from Pierre-Auguste Renoir, courtesy of… Sergei Eisenstein? I took it from Film Form: Essays in Film Theory, a collection of Eisenstein’s theoretical writings, and not from his non-existent Twitter page (though now that I think about it, Eisenstein’s writing style is actually rather tweet-esque). I think this quote has a pretty striking resemblance to Manny Farber’s conceptual distinction between “white elephant art” and “termite art”; Farber’s essay “White Elephant Art vs. Termite Art”, which many consider to be his critical masterpiece, will definitely be a continued point of reference on here, and I’m sure it’ll figure into this daily quotation gimmick soon enough. Anyway, without further ado, here’s Mr. Renoir:

“Beauty of every description finds its charm in variety. Nature abhors both vacuum and regularity. For the same reason, no work of art can really be called such if it has not been created by an artist who believes in irregularity and rejects any set form. Regularity, order, desire for perfection (which is always a false perfection) destroy art. The only possibility of maintaining taste in art is to impress on artists and the public the importance of irregularity. [my emphasis] Irregularity is the basis of all art.”

I’ll do my best, P.-A.

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