Baudelaire. Art against boredom
Two centuries after his birth, Baudelaire enjoys a sovereign position. In poetry: it is the revolution of the "Fleurs du mal" (The Flowers of Evil), that of a more physical language, receptive to the present.
In art: it is the imperative of modernity, which demands that modern life be painted in its movement and its profound truth. No one has better grasped Delacroix, Ingres and Daumier, electrified Courbet and Manet, dissociated good and bad photography, promoted the equal legitimacy of cultures or the divorce between art and common morality.
Without separating the poet from the journalist, this book re-examines the Baudelaire explosion and why it still works.