19th Century French Bohemia and the Proto-Avant-Garde | A Review of Michael J. Pearce’s Book | The Cave of Apelles

What happened in the cultural life in 19th century France that lead to the rise of avant-garde art in America? Jan-Ove Tuv sits down with Michael Pearce to review his book Kitsch, Propaganda and the American Avant-Garde.

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00:00 “Bohemian” and irresponsible?
03:16 The origin of “Bohemian”
06:47 Courbet – an old-master “modernist”
09:10 Courbet’s loyalty to the time
15:48 Science and industrialization killed poetry
18:40 Proudhon, and the marriage of art and socialism
23:12 Courbet’s attack on classical values
29:33 Victor Hugo: the sublime, sensual and sentimental
36:15 A Bohemian, ludicrous way of dying
39:36 Theophile Gautier’s l’Art pour l’Art, psychedelics, spiritism and theosophy
42:47 Zola: modernist or classical?
48:26 Manet, the father of avant-garde modern art
54:10 Zola’s “hour of demolition”
1:00:40 The Hippie movement
1:03:51 How to be a REAL Bohemian
1:07:50 Zola’s isolated artists
1:13:58 Myths: the core classical value
1:16:19 The coquette Romantic?

This episode featured Michael Pearce & Jan-Ove Tuv and was filmed and edited by Bork Nerdrum.
The centerpiece was a 19th century reproduction of G. F. Watts’ Hope.

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  • Apelles was asked why he touched and retouched his pictures with so much care, to which he replied:
    "I paint for eternity"