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November 19, 2004

'The extraordinary change that has taken place in the climate of London during the last 10 years is entirely due to a particular school of art' - Oscar Wilde

Whistler

"Where if not from the Impressionists do we get those wonderful brown fogs that come creeping down our streets, blurring the gas lamps?"

"To whom, if not Whistler, do we owe the lovely silver mists that brood over our river, and turn to faint forms of fading grace curved bridge and swaying barge?"

Wilde wrote those words in 1889.

This visionary - long before relativity and Philip K. Dick and the Internet and "The Matrix" - understood that we create our reality rather than encounter it.

I wonder how much longer until this becomes generally accepted and we can get on with the real business at hand - becoming part of the universe instead of idly standing around and observing as if we had nothing to do with it.

November 19, 2004 at 03:01 PM | Permalink


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