|The port of Saint-Tropez (1893) Maximilien Luce|
While I've always known this movement as Pointillism (from the use of the dot), I learnt that Signac regarded this as a derogatory term and preferred Divisionism to describe the scientific technique he applied. I was also intrigued to learn about the connection between these artists and the anarchists of the period (Kropotkin's ilk): communal living, harmonious relationship with nature and the like.
I also caught a couple of small exhibitions while at the NGV: Confounding - Contemporary Photography and Ballet & Fashion. Both worth a visit too.
During my trip I finished reading George Orwell's Down and Out in Paris and London. I'd never read this before, but was glad I did. I found it particularly interesting to read Orwell writing with a less polished, less confident voice than appears in his later work, and yet to see that confidence begin to develop in the second (London) half of the book, and in some ways I preferred the rawness of it. I think it might be my favourite Orwell book.
While I'm scribbling, and it being 28th November, let me wish poet, artist, printer, visionary, William Blake, a happy birthday. If he'd survived his death, he'd be 255 today! Happy birthday, Bill.