Red Scharlach (redscharlach) wrote,
Red Scharlach

Bear-faced crowdpleasing

It has been suggested to me, albeit in a tongue-in-cheek fashion, that after a lovely weekend in an international capital of culture, I ought to have something artistic or intellectual to share with the viewing public, rather than just my own cake-obsessed witterings.

So in the interests of posting something from the world of art that even non-visual people (hem hem) should be able to appreciate, here's something I saw in Paris: a 1922 sculpture by François Pompon, predictably entitled Polar Bear:


And even more gratuitously, a close-up:


(Note also the fabulous backdrop of the Musée d'Orsay, which is a former railway station and one of my favourite buildings ever.)

Anyway, this got me thinking about cuteness in fine art, and its relative rarity. I am certainly not demanding that more art should be sweet and fluffy, because generally speaking, good art should probably have better things to do with its time, and there's more than enough high-pitched squealing in the world as it is. Nonetheless, I was trying to think of examples of works of art that just happen to be adorable without having that as their primary aim. The only examples I could immediately call to mind were Goya's Dog, which manages to be just as peculiar as the rest of his Black Paintings while simultaneously being dead sweet, and this Inuit sculpture, which is almost certainly NOT supposed to be cute, but I feel a terrible urge to cuddle it anyway.

Any other suggestions for potential exhibits on Arty Cute Overload?
Tags: culture and art, fluffy things, photos, travel
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