28 Dec 2014

Melancholy of the American Baroque

Man and woman with stern expession stand side-by-side. The man holds a pitch fork.
I can see that my posts on Melancholia enjoy enduring popularity among my visitors. Here is a bit more....

May of us know the painting by Grant Wood, American Gothic.
Should't it be called American Baroque? --->
The thesis is that really, as in Poland, in the United States of America Baroque continued well into the 19th century.

Just a small selection of 19th century daguerreotypes from the fascinating collection of Library of Congress reveals so much melancholy in the images of people;

Still Life with tree and two small stuffed mammals
Including the images of detritus and decay so well arranged Vanitas in the early nature shots.

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