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Taussig on Baudelaire on beauty

Posted by rigorousm on July 2, 2015

In his essay “The Painter of Modern Life,” Baudelaire reminds us that “even in those centuries which seem to us the most monstrous and maddest, the immortal thirst for beauty has always found its satisfaction.” That immortal thirst is certainly active…. Yet it is more than beauty with which beauty dazzles us. It is beauty-as-depense, a tsunami of extravagant consumption reaching ever more baroque splendor that is beautiful….

— Michael Taussig, Beauty & the beast, 2012, p 16.

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