31 January, 2010

White Art: Sculpture

Posted by Socrates in art, Socrates, Western culture, White art/architecture, White-culture-as-superior at 3:31 pm | Permanent Link

“Queen Victoria at the Spinning Wheel” by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, Bart., R.A. (1834-90); 1869, Silver: [Here].

“Psyche” by Edward Hodges Baily (1788-1867); 1842, White marble: [Here].

“Naval Warrior with Justice on Marble Arch” by Edward Hodges Baily, 1828: [Here].

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  7. 10 Responses to “White Art: Sculpture”

    1. virgil Says:

      after the liberation of the west, the fine arts will be grounded firmly in antiquity. neo-classical will be the new cool. jewish/degenerate art will obliterated.

    2. CW-2 Says:

      The nubile girl at the spinning wheel doesn’t look anything like frumpy plain queen Vic! I suspect the artist has used portraits of Austrian empress Maria Theresa as an ideal.
      Neo classical sculpture is just great at lifting the minds of Aryan men and women from the common place to the heroic plane of purposeful action, the everyday battles for one’s race and family.
      There is no better modern examplar of the neo classical spirit than Arno Breker, at the height of his artistic powers during NS Germany. His sculpture ‘Battle Against Serpents’ is worth taking to heart.

    3. Tim McGreen Says:

      CW-2, you know darn well that when Victoria was young, she looked quite fetching, like a young Bette Davis.

      Well, it’s Black History Month again, so that means we’re all going to be told how beautiful those scary-looking African voodoo masks are or how life-affirming those cow-shit sculptures of the Virgin Mary are.

      I like this sculpture by August Saint Guadens, even though it’s a statue of that asshole William Tecumseh Sherman:


    4. Ein Says:

      Queen Victoria at the spinning wheel?

      Is this purest fantasy? Camp art? What?

      Since when did Victoria ever do any spinning? Or any queen? (And surely not in the 1800s…. maybe several centuries earlier, and I doubt even that. Spinning wasn’t something queens did. (Elegant needlepoint, yes.) It’s like having Victoria mending socks. Royalty didn’t mend socks.

      It doesn’t even look like Victoria anyway. Yes, she was young once, but it still doesn’t look like her at any age. And was that costume appropriate for 1869? I’m no expert, but it looks to me like much earlier. Is that really Victoria?

      Oh, but wait…. Marie Antoinette did like to play at being a shepherdess and a peasant. But that was way out of style by Victoria’s day.

    5. Ein Says:

      Victoria would have no wish to follow Marie Antoinette’s example.

    6. Ein Says:

      [Sir] Joseph Böhm, of Hungarian descent, was born in Vienna where his father was “Director of the Imperial Mint and possessor of a huge collection of fine art.” At age 28, he settled in London and soon became a great favorite of Queen Victoria and her family, enjoying “a good deal of royal patronage”, becoming the official royal sculptor. He is best known for the sculpture of her head on coinage and for other representations of her, as well as his statue of Benjamin Disraeli in Westminster Abbey.

      He is alleged to have been the lover of Victoria’s artistic (but very plain) daughter, Princess Louise. A scandal was caused when he died of a ruptured blood vessel while she was visiting alone with him in his studio.

      A Jew?????? Who knows? Only his mohel knows for sure. Obviously he had influential connections right from the start. Victoria was always a total dupe where Jews were concerned. The Rothschilds, Disraeli — during her reign, they took over Britain right under her nose.


    7. Arminius Says:

      Come on, boys, it’s here about art, not a name attached to it.
      If the artwork is out of touch with reality, it is called kitsch.

    8. Tim McGreen Says:

      I think Victoria at that spinning wheel represents England’s domination of the textile or manufacturing trades in the 19th Century? But I don’t think that long dress of hers would be safe to wear around dangerous machinery.

    9. Tim McGreen Says:

      That spinning wheel doesn’t look too dangerous, actually.

    10. Ein Says:

      Tim McGreen Says: “I think Victoria at that spinning wheel represents England’s domination of the textile or manufacturing trades in the 19th Century? ”

      Well, now, on second thought, that does seem like a good possibility.
      Good guess! It makes sense. Otherwise, there would be no reason for a queen in 1860 to be spinning, when they had machinery to do all of this. And I think that spinning wheel looks already a century or two outdated for circa 1860. Yes, it could be symbolism. Probably so.