…and we must consider…that since — unfortunately — we are forced to live together, the most important thing for us to remember is that the only way in which we can have any law at all is to have as little of it as possible. I see no ethical standard by which to measure the whole unethical conception of a State, except in the amount of time, of thought, of money, of effort and of obedience, which a society extorts from its every member. Its value and its civilization are in inverse ratio to that extortion. There is no conceivable law by which a man can be forced to work on any terms except those he chooses to set. There is no conceivable law to prevent him from setting them — just as there is none to force his employer to accept them. The freedom to agree or disagree is the foundation of our kind of society…
The Secret Admirer. Etienne Adolphe Piot (French,1850-1910). Oil on canvas.
As a painter of the female face, Piot had few equals. His idealized depiction of women and girls are full of sentimentality yet possess a technical skill that is of the highest level. Piot was a student of Leon Cogniet, at his Paris atelier, in the late 1870’s. Cogniet instilled within the young artist a love for the human form.
For character too is a process and an unfolding… among our valued friends is there not someone or other who is a little too self confident and disdainful; whose distinguished mind is a little spotted with commonness; who is a little pinched here and protuberant there with native prejudices; or whose better energies are liable to lapse down the wrong channel under the influence of transient solicitations?
Eva Gonzalès (1870). Edouard Manet (French, 1832-1883). Oil on canvas. The National Gallery, London.
Gonzalès (1849-1883) entered Manet’s studio as his pupil in 1869. Manet is said to have begun a portrait soon after. It was exhibited at the Salon in 1870. The present whereabouts of the flower-piece shown on her easel in the painting is not known.
Falsehood is so easy, truth so difficult! Examine your words well and you will find that even when you have no motive to be false, it is very hard to say the exact truth, even about your own immediate feelings — much harder than to say something fine about them which is not the exact truth.
Gustav Klimt (July 14, 1862 – February 6, 1918) was an Austrian symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement. Klimt is noted for his paintings, murals, sketches, and other objets d’art. Klimt’s primary subject was the female body; his works are marked by a frank eroticism.