Sunday, February 7, 2010

curse still spoken in the name of eros

Watteau's Singing Lesson, c. 1717: the "promise of happiness," a "beautiful semblance of liberation," counter-image to the rising and still-revolutionary bourgeoisie just as the commodification of the world is about to accelerate. "With regard to the domain of Eros, the Beautiful represents the pleasure principle. Thus it rebels against the prevailing reality principle of domination."
Marcuse, 1977

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