Monday, January 10, 2011

Lesser Pathetique On Blue : Hans Pallinger (1889 - 1955)

Lesser Pathetique On Blue : Hans Pallinger (1889 - 1955)

Pallinger's acclaimed 1952 work "Lesser Pathetique On Blue" was heralded as one of the great works of twentieth century art which established a critical frame of reference through which the Pop Art movement of the mid twentieth century could be not only viewed, but also processed within a pseudo-mathematical context. R. T. S. Wormold, in his seminal work, "Fate And Viewpoint In Visual Art" : describes the work as "a pastiche of colour and shape which challenges the senses to search for balance whilst at the same time shocking the linear sensibilities to reach a non-linear conclusion". Several scholars have commented on the inverse relationship between space - as exemplified by the two dimension space between the rows of objective plasticity - and solidity in terms of the almost nuclear regression of colour which is seen particularly in object 10 on row 2 and object 1 on row 3. However it is interpreted, it surely is one of the great works of twentieth century art.
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The Lad went back to University on Sunday taking with him our love, our best wishes for success, and half my bloody socks. I wouldn't mind him taking my socks if only he would bring them back - but he only half does so. This means that occasionally, our staircase becomes a kind of Salvation Army Hostel for orphaned socks as I try to match up grey with grey, striped with striped, speckled with speckled. I was almost tempted to take a picture of it.

17 comments:

  1. Funny, the orphaned sock phenomenon. Love-love-love the Pallinger piece.

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  2. Alan,
    It's a good thing you don't have your mailing address posted on your blog. I can imagine all of your blog readers sending you additional socks. I have a nice polka dot one that would match nicely with your striped sock.

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  3. That critique of Pallinger's "Lesser Pathetique On Blue" belongs in Pseud's Corner of Private Eye.

    The boy received socks for Christmas. They can only be called loud - although I am not synaesthetic.

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  4. Not synaesthetic Bill! You must be a southpaw then.

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  5. they look like socks to me! while reading the critique, before i saw the italicized comment, all i could think of were socks on a clothesline.

    i'm unfamiliar w/ Pallinger but will now look him up.

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  6. Alan, is there no limit to your fertile imagination? I love this - made me laugh so much. (And I know the odd sock syndrome too!)

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  7. California Girl : Ahh, it would be fascinating to know how many people have Googled "Hans Pallinger" in the last hour or so!

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  8. No one socks it to us like you, Alan!

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  9. Aha . . now why didn't I think of a montage of odd socks. We have an itty bitty bin with no fewer than 42 odd socks. All my son's so send over yours and we'll make pairs! Ooh sounds a bit saucy doesn't it.

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  10. I must admit that I Googled Hans Pallinger and didn't find any mention of him outside of blog posts. I wonder if an artist has to feature in a post on a blog to then become known. Maybe we could offer this service to budding artists!
    I must say I like this piece of art but I don't like odd socks.

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  11. before reading a word was chuckling about the flying socks....

    wonderful celebration of color in the pallinger piece!

    this reminds me i really need to get some new socks between the orphans and the holey socks i'm in quite a state! alan you can do what i do and wear mismatched socks...i find it very liberating...

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  12. I think you should make a photo essay of the lost socks of Alan. You could create a wonder composition. I was hoping to see one as I scrolled down. My new thing is to throw any sock away with a hole in it. So I have a lot of unmarried socks now.

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  13. Yep...socks...I see that same sight in my laundry room every day! haha.

    Why don't socks every get lost in pairs? It seems they loose their mates and the sorry single ones lay around looking forlorn. LOL!

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  14. so that is where all my socks went to ...smiles.very cool piece of art...

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  15. Love your choice of illustration for your lament! Where DO all those missing socks go?

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  16. That Wormold chappie, I think he meant it looks lopsided. And he's right! It's annoyingly lopsided! But I still love it for the colour and depth.

    As for socks... I have two teenage boys so know all about orphan socks. However, in our house, the absence of elder teen at uni, has resolved the problem. All I do now is dump every male sock in Ben's room. Whether he matches the socks or wears orphaned pairs is down to him :)

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  17. Hans Pallinger doesn't seem to have a wikipedia page. Perhaps you should write one! ;)

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