Five Years of The Boulevardiers and the beautiful things along the way…

by The Boulevardiers

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Italian mosaic from Corinth, photograph by Kim Steele

The goal of The Boulevardiers is to bring art to life in the context of culture and design.  Sometimes it has been humorous, sometimes very sober.  But the guiding force has been our view of beauty and how it sustains life.  There have been many assaults on art over the years, from many fronts.  Recent conviction, for the first time in history, of a criminal act held accountable for destroying an ancient temple in Timbuktu, Mali (Palmyra is close behind), has brought light to the importance of art and beauty in our lives.  There are arguments that there are more pressing matters–food, shelter, freedom and safety, which are very valid.  

But we celebrate here the contribution of art to our civilization.  In the West, Greece is a touchstone to our artistic history.  We assembled a potpourri of images from our recent travels in Greece that simply impart beauty and vision.  Many objects are breathtakingly gorgeous and astonishing for being created thousands of years ago.  They still resonate with creativity and the spirit of humankind to transcend our mortal boundaries.

Kim Steele, Publisher

 

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Anthropomorphic bronze, photograph by Kim Steele

 

 

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Battle scarred bronze helmet, photograph by Kim Steele

We perceive, in fact, that the only matter upon which any worker, other than the artist, can congratulate himself, whether he be manual-worker, brain-worker, surgeon, judge, or politician, is that he is helping to make the world tolerable for the artist. It is only the artist who will leave anything behind him. He is the fighting-man, the man who counts; the others are merely the Army Service Corps of civilization. ~A.A. Milne

 

 


A man’s work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened. ~Albert Camus

Any great work of art… revives and readapts time and space, and the measure of its success is the extent to which it makes you an inhabitant of that world — the extent to which it invites you in and lets you breathe its strange, special air. ~Leonard Bernstein

 

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Bronze mini centaurs, photograph by Kim Steele

What was any art but a mold in which to imprison for a moment the shining elusive element which is life itself — life hurrying past us and running away, too strong to stop, too sweet to lose. ~Willa Cather

Glorious gold jewelry, photograph by Kim Steele

Glorious gold jewelry, photograph by Kim Steele

The artist’s world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep. ~Paul Strand

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Gilt death mask, photograph by Kim Steele

Why should you think that beauty, which is the most precious thing in the world, lies like a stone on the beach for the careless passer-by to pick up idly? Beauty is something wonderful and strange that the artist fashions out of the chaos of the world in the torment of his soul. And when he has made it, it is not given to all to know. To recognize it you must repeat the adventure of the artist. It is a melody that sings to you, and to hear it again in your own heart you want knowledge and sensitiveness and imagination. ~W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, 1919 (Chapter XIX, spoken by the character Dirk Stroeve)

Art holds fast when all else is lost. ~German Proverb

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Marble gryphon guard, photograph by Kim Steele

 

 

 

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. ~Aristotle

A great artist is always before his time or behind it. ~George Moore

Art is long, and Time is fleeting. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Ornate ceramic animal storytelling, photograph by Kim Steele

 

 

 

 

 


No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist. ~Oscar Wilde

Everything in creation has its appointed painter or poet and remains in bondage like the princess in the fairy tale ’til its appropriate liberator comes to set it free. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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Massive marble head, photograph by Kim Steele

 

 

 

 

Art, as far as it is able, follows nature, as a pupil imitates his master; thus your art must be, as it were, God’s grandchild. ~Dante Alighieri, Inferno

 

 

 

 

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Gold ladies body adornment, photograph by Kim Steele

Inspiration is everywhere for me…most especially in ancient Greece, and our images capture only a fraction of the beauty we saw. I read once that history is the path, and art is the flowers which are the border…here’s to the beauty of art that is the ultimate sustenance to our eyes.

Sally Steele, Muse

Ancient carved vessel, photograph by Kim Steele

Precious alabaster carved vessel, photograph by Kim Steele

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