Velazquez

Velazquez

Velazquez

Velazquez

Excerpt

Nowadays to speak about the works of art of the past is no easy task. We live in a dark age as far as art is concerned. In the strictest sense, art is always of the present. Because it belongs to the present, it revives the past and discovers in it forms which both resemble and differ from those of our own day. Thus the past is not indifferent to us but remains with us, in a way becomes part of the present. But since we are thrust into these modern times the artistic past to us is something distant and lifeless. We are not affected by it. We find nothing in it either to love or hate.

In the case of Velazquez, this unfortunate situation is aggravated for special reasons. I should say that the present time is the least suitable in which to speak about Velazquez, because the popularity of his work has passed its peak and is on the wane. This phase is usually reached immediately after an artist’s fame has been at its fullest. The fame of Velazquez was at its height from 1880 to 1920 and it is surprising that the reputation of so great a figure in the history of painting should have stood at its zenith for so short a time, but this is based on facts.

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