This long-awaited debut novella from neo-legendary sub-surface poetess Narco Pastel marks the first attempt to translate the party into a literary medium. As a pioneering entry into the Party Novel... More > genre, The Autobiography of Leisure is designed to be digested socially, doused in communal energy, and enjoyed with a healthy suspension of objectivity. Pastel’s offering highlights the abject boredom of Modernity and attempts to replace it with an evolved dialect that centers on the importance of perpetual amusement. Contemporary society would be well-advised to heed Pastel’s morality tale of secular monastic hedonism or risk asphyxiation by spectacle.
Well before its official print release The Autobiography of Leisure became the first book to be banned on the internet, as the volatility of its content and subsequent response offended the Google Documents user agreement -- the platform upon which the book was initially composed and distributed.< Less
Renoir first began to conduct experiment with pastel soon after Manet and Degas, in the mid-1870s, and his interest in the medium increased through the next decade. In contrast to his drawings, which... More > he exhibited rarely, he considered his pastels an essential part of his art work and frequently showed them in public. He rarely employed pastel for his formal portrait commissions, however, reserving the medium for works in which the sitters were friends or family (and almost exclusively young women and children, whom he saw as particularly appropriate subjects for the delicate, luminous effects of pastel).
One contemporary critic has explained Renoir's pastels:
"If he frequently used that medium to depict those near and dear to him, it was because pastel, which combines color with line, gave him the possibility of working rapidly to capture in all their vividness the rapid flash of intelligence and the fleeting show of emotion".< Less
Pierre-Auguste Renoir is French painter who was important figure in the development of the Impressionist movement. The female nudes were one of his primary themes. His early work reflected many... More > influences including those of Courbet, Manet, Corot, Ingres and Delacroix. Under the influence of Gustave Courbet and painters of the School of Barbizon he turned to plein air painting. Together with Claude Monet he develops the new painting style of Impressionism around 1870; Renoir is regarded as one of its main representatives. He partakes in three group exhibitions of the Impressionists, for financial reasons he then again shows works at the conventional salons. Renoir first began to experiment with pastel in the mid-1870s, shortly after Manet and Degas, and his interest in the medium intensified during the following decade. In contrast to his drawings, which he exhibited infrequently, he considered his pastels integral part of his oeuvre and regularly showed them in public.< Less
Gustav Klimt was an Austrian symbolist artist, whose primary subject was the female body. His paintings, murals, and sketches are marked by a sensual eroticism, which is especially apparent in his... More > pencil drawings. He was Vienna's most famous advocate of Art Nouveau, or, as the style was identified in Germany, "youth style". He is remembered as one of the famous decorative artists of the 20 century, and he also created one of the century's most important examples of erotic art. Primarily flourishing as a conservative academic painter, his run into with more modern trends in European art encouraged him to build up his own free and frequently out of this world style. Drawings played a major role in Gustav Klimt's artistic development. From sketches and preparations for oil paintings, to erotic drawings and portraits, the present book illustrates the full range and depth of Klimt's abilities as a draftsman.< Less