Distinguish Your Painters

Jean-François Millet and John Everett Millais

How not to mix them up in a world full of casual brushes with the truth – uncaring as to what is real and what is not. In principle it has always been the same for some of the population. Now, however, we have reached critical mass. 

John Everett Millais (1829 – 1896)was a Pre-Raphaelite painter (one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood) who painted colourful (too colourful?) paintings – mostly of people. His most famous is probably Ophelia, lying back with her arms surrendering to the current.

Each uncaring and unthinking person has access to weapons of war. A tweet ricochets off another tweet and spins off into another social media platform. Like a pinball machine full of pinballs, the machine gets hot and melts down. Anger, frustration, good old-fashioned annoyance – they have nowhere they want to go except deeper into the furnace.

And the furnace spits them out. It doesn’t need them except as examples of persons. It doesn’t care about them except for whatever trace they leave behind in the the social weave. If they all disappeared tomorrow, their loss would be calculated in loss of engagement, followers, likes, and shares.

Jean-François Millet (1814 – 1875) was a French painter and one of the founders of the Barbizon school in rural France. Millet painted realistic rural scenes – peasant farmers, sheep, trees – in a muted pallette that were nontheless romantic.