Art and History
to explain perception using illusions and art
the middle of all that agitation, nobody failed to notice the cosiest
part of the house, which frequent visitors affectionately called salon.
The walls were clustered with oil paintings of the most renowned
painters as well as unknown artists like Matisse, Braque… The salon
breathed art from every corner.
was standing next to a painting by Monet that hung beside one of his own
which Gertie had bought recently. Without noticing, he seemed to dive
into the landscape. The textures of the figures in a scene without
clouds, suggesting the idea of timelessness. The trees full of golden
lights attracted ones eyes to the bottom of the vast bluish, whitened
water. They led the artist to the ladies sailing on a boat far away,
transformed into small paint brushed spots of a painting that was only
limited by trees underlining the borders of the river. The trembling
pond overflowed, fusing itself with the landscape. Pablo rambled.
impressionists, like Monet, knew more than anyone that reality is not
seen but felt... We only get an impression of reality. A space without
limits, without borders, with a different perspective from the one we
learn in geometry. Where a straight line is not the shortest distance
between two points but is, in fact, a folding space like a sheet of
paper until the two points meet. Like a face seen from different angles
that blend into a single moment.”
fold,” said Caius, looking distracted. “In the same way that you can
travel without leaving the spot, using only spatial folding. That’s
how a face can be seen from all angles without you having to move around
it. It’s practical. It’s real! How I understand this kind of art
now! Wow, how it opens our minds!”
entering a new era,” Pablo emphasized. “I’m freeing myself from
the traditional perspective to search for a new form, the third
dimension. I’ll never again see the world pictured in a single angle
but I’ll deal with the world by recreating it from now on. Art will no
longer be tamed by concepts of how we see the world but will reveal what
we know about this world.”
your facts straight first and then you can distort them as much as you
please,” the American woman suggested.
is a Mark Twain’s quote,” Mary said, enchanted. “Do you like to
read his books?”
yes!” answered Gertie, sympathizing more with the young woman.
“He’s one of the people who most influence me when I write.”
the two were changing ideas on the books of the American writer like,
“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”, Pablo contemplated a painting
of Cezanne in a state of deep meditation in which the model was a small
statue of a twisted cupid seen from different angles. That intentional
distortion of the figure in space had always intrigued him. It seemed
like a daring intent of freezing various positions in a single moment.
without time…” whispered the painter, remembering the discussion
with Albert in his atelier. “It is impossible to create an instantaneous
statue. I can create a small statue with its width, length and height,
its three dimensions. I can even make it completely distorted. However,
without time, it can never exist. An instantaneous
statue… Geometric figures… Time… We have to see it like a… A
fourth dimension! Space-time… Time has to be seen… It has to be
really like that idealization of time seen as a fourth dimension,”
said a man in a suit with dark hair. He was looking at the painting with
great interest. “André just told me about this new space-time
perspective of physics… Who began this story? Was it Maurice?”
replied the Spaniard, totally absorbed with the details of the painting.
imagined so. He was always protesting about classic perspective. I
believe that artists like Cézanne already perceived this new concept.
Sometimes I wonder…If a painter pictures everything as if he were
seeing it all at the same time then why can’t a writer do the same?”
right, Apollinaire,” supported the American hostess. “I was
discussing exactly the same thing with André yesterday… Why do we
have to write an idea, a narrative, worrying about a beginning, a middle
and an end?”
Gertie, I get your point,” her friend said, stepping closer to the
painting. “I also feel this need to change…Not only as a poet but
mostly to make a more liberal criticism, more real, on the new ways of
art. Just like painters, we have to describe a thought the way we have
formulated it. A painter like Cézanne doesn’t see a face from the
front only. He knows there are sides and a back. To portray this truth,
he gives the impression that he distorted the face when in fact he is
showing the essence. A painter doesn’t paint what he sees but what he
thinks. It’s a fact that a thought is made up of collages. Collages
of…” he drifted, looking for the right words.
To Be Continued
other pages of this book about
dialogue about the Theory of Relativity ,
Caius, Einstein, Picasso, Agatha, André Salmon, the poet, and Getrude
Stein, the sponsor of the novice Picasso, at the Spanish painter’s
how art, literature, science, travelling in time and mystery are
pages of this book:
DO EINSTEIN AND PICASSO HAVE IN COMMON?
HERE TO FIND OUT
Zip, the Time Traveller, in:
Picasso, Agatha and Chaplin
Zip, the young time traveller, arrives at Paris in 1905. The turn of
the 20th century is a period that sizzles with ideas and realizations and
the Universe is about to be contemplated as it never was before.
night that Einstein launched the famous E=mc2 formula on paper, he
disappeared for a few days. Where was he?
work of fiction, Einstein was resting in Paris before his innovating
Theory of Relativity enlightened him. At that same time, Picasso was just
starting on his idea of breaking with conventional perspective.
characters seek the same concept: space-time relation. The encounter
between art and science is finally possible by means of a limitless
penetrates the birth of the theory of relativity and cubism and also
manages to solve a murder mystery with the help of his two teenage
friends, Agatha Cristie, with her investigative mind and Charlie Chaplin,
who provides a touch of magic to this surprising work of fiction.
all and as Einstein once said:
“The most beautiful thing we
can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and
science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to
wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed”.
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