Gustave Flaubert – Le Dictionnaire des idées reçues, c.1870 (published 1913) The Dictionary of Accepted Ideas

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ART: Ca mène à l’hôpital. A quoi ça sert, puisqu’on le remplace par la mécanique qui fait mieux et plus vite.

ART: It leads to the hospital. What’s the point, since replaced by the technician who makes it better and faster.

ARTISTES: Tous farceurs. Vanter leur désintéressement (vieux).
 S’étonner de ce qu’ils sont habillés comme tout le monde (vieux).
 Gagnent des sommes folles, mais les jettent par les fenêtres. 
Souvent invités à dîner en ville. Femme artiste ne peut être
qu’une catin. Ce qu’ils font ne peut s’appeler travailler.

ARTISTS. All charlatans. Boast of their disinterestedness (old-fashioned). Express astonishment that they dress like everybody else (old-fashioned). They earn insane amounts, but spend it frivolously. Often invited to dine out in town. A woman artist cannot be anything but a whore. Of those that don’t like to be called a worker.

DAGUERRÉOTYPE: Remplacera la peinture.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Will make painting obsolete.

DESSIN (l’art du): Se compose de trois choses: la ligne, le grain, et le grainé fin; de plus, le trait de force. Mais le trait de force, il n’y a que le maître seul qui le donne. (Christophe.)

DRAWING (the art of): This consists of three things: line, gradation and fine gradation: In addition, the stroke of genius. But as for genius, there is only one master who gives that. (Christophe)

KALÉIDOSCOPE: Ne s’emploie qu’à propos des salons de peinture

KALEIDOSCOPE: Only to be used in connection with exhibitions of painting

MUSÉE: De Versailles: retrace les hauts faits de la gloire nationale; belle idée de Louis-Philippe. Du Louvre: à éviter pour les jeunes filles. Dupuytren: très utile à montrer aux jeunes gens.

MUSEUM: From Versailles: recounts the deeds of national glory; beautiful idea of Louis Philippe. The Louvre: to be avoided for young girls. Dupuytren: very useful to show to young people

(*note: Guillaume Dupuytren, 1777-1835,was an anatomist and surgeon.)

PEINTURE SUR VERRE: Le secret en est perdu

PAINTING ON GLASS. The secret has been lost.

PORTRAIT: Le difficile est de rendre le sourire.

PORTRAIT: The difficulty is in capturing the smile.

Gustave Flaubert, 1821-1880

Le Dictionnaire des idées reçues, (1870s) published 1913. The Dictionary of Received Ideas

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Jeremy Hunt is Director of the AAJ Press (Art & Architecture Journal / Press) – a writer and consultant on art and public space - creator of art projects - writer on art

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