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Pretty as a picture

August 29, 2008

In Burning with desire, G. Batchen writes how the picturesque (19th century aesthetic movement) influenced the perception and representation of beauty of landscapes., the point being that the followers would judge the  beauty of nature by how much it corresponded with their “theoretical” predispositions, not the other way around. It made me think about Slovene expression lep kot slika, an equivalent of English picture pretty, which in a way does the same inversion of judgment. To recognise sth. as very beautiful, you don’t refer to the property of the object but compare it to an artificial representation of beauty.
Anyway, the lepa/pretty linocut from the previous post in fact toys with this idea – it can be read as a pictogram for Slovene expression pretty as a picture. The English version would work as well.

My late father-in-law used a slightly different version of the expression, which (unintentionally) spoke  on the constructedness  of beauty in a more straightforward manner: pretty as an air hostess. He never flew with an airplane, let alone did sth. as wonderfully crazy as Razzman’s airplane hitch-hiking.

Speaking of beauty, I realised I haven’t posted Tamara’s pics for a while. One of the golden rules of parenting – when kids are silent for a while, they are surely up to something. Like this lipstick incident. She was probably humming “Ain’t no shelf high enough” :))

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 29, 2008 10:13 am

    What an amazing resolute face and such beautiful eyes.

  2. Natalia permalink
    September 7, 2008 8:34 am

    I have to tell you that today I was planning to complain about the lack of Tamara’s pictures. But of course, now I can’t.

    She is absolutely adorable in this photo and I can’t wait to see her in real. Lepa she definetly is!

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