yet just trying to catch up
with the gallopping euro rescue billion funds …
Only , yet nonetheless ,
the Squad of the Upright in the Coalition
when on October 26, 2011 in the German Bundestag
when Germany’s Public Debts
but really out of control
« The spectacular night talks of the EU heads
have produced no breakthrough .
The black financial magic ,
by which now in Brussels and Frankfurt
new money is cunjured up ,
is nothing but a playing for time
and the suppression of a real solution »
quoted from Deutschlandfunk, International Press Roundup
October 29, 2011
You voted for it !
( they were allowed to vote yet at least … )
Honoré Daumier (Marseille 1808 – Valmondois 1879). Ceci a tué cela. Looking up to God the lamenting figure points at the oui’s of the ballot box. Lithograph. (1870-71.) Monogrammed, inscribed. 9¾ × 7¾ in (24.6 × 19.8 cm).
Delteil 3845, III (of 4) with illustration of the 4th state; Rümann ills. 109. – Careful impression on wide-margined better paper without the text on the back and the Actualité series title, before the black spot within the “oui” above the ballot box. – From the 1870/71 cycle as
the great late accord celebrated by literature ,
omitting all material and “accusing in symbolic figures only …
and in the broad , quite open and clear stroke
mighty figures tower like monuments …
Like a symbol of eternity each of these figures stands …
In which Daumier once again presents himself as sculptor, though having nothing in common with the plastic style of the early years … But the ideal which once already the young man had in mind
materialized in an unexpected freedom ”
(Glaser, Graphik der Neuzeit, 1922).
Which he did not use for overdrawing disfigurement or distortion :
“ One likes to call him the great or even the greatest caricaturist. But if caricature is intentional distortion of reality then Daumier’s creations are not caricature … Because Daumier does not disfigure, does not distort, what he sees. He sees, grasps reality and his ingenious-unfailing crayon captures, for his own time and for the coming times, how the people and the conditions had been and are in reality … And so as he depicts them, so they are. So they are still today, even if they wore different skirts and hats. We recognize them today … ”
(Richard R. Pokorny in Deutsche Rundschau , vol. 84, 2 , 163 ff.).
Worked for the Charivari in that technique, “as whose greatest master he has to be considered in the 19th century” (Jahn, 1957). In the stroke which has become soft and broad, missing the really deep blackness of the early years at whose place now the even light of the plain-air spreads over the presentation.
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« The European strategists
had just enjoyed their billion intoxication to the full
and invented up to 1,400 billion euro
for the rescue of the common currency
when the inevitable hangover turned up :
These billions are just a chimera »
Holding out a Tin Cup
October 29, 2011
“ Thank you Mr. Niemeyer – I will take it! … It should look very nice in my new office. Best regards ”
(Mr. J. R. L., January 6, 2006)