Listened to a lecture on “Dynamism” for my college class in ‘Art Appreciation.’ The piece that went along with this was called, appropriately, Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash.
Or, “Dinamismo di un Cane al Guinzaglio.”
The dog’s movement is drawn with these purple after effects, as is the master’s. Looking at it, if I’m being super honest, made me think of the perriwinkle energy that went with Fugo Panacotta’s Stand called [PURPLE HAZE]:
Brought to you by JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure; Part 5: Vento Aureo.
What was I talking about again?
Oh, right. She explained that this was first utilized from the ‘Horse Method’ on the zoopraxiscope, first created by Eadweard Muybridge. Since the painting Dynamism was made in 1912 and Muybridge invented the zoopraxiscope in 1879, he predates the painting by 33 years. The zoopraxiscope itself worked like this:
I. The machine needs a large group of photos in a circular motion shape to insert into it.
II. The disk looks like this.
III. The zoopraxiscope displays the series of images in an animated sequence onto whatever large surface you wish to showcase.
I did a presentation on Muybridge in high school and will always remember this one fact about him:
“In 1872, Muybridge married 21 year-old Flora Shallcross Stone. In 1874, Muybridge discovered that a drama critic known as Major Harry Larkyns might have fathered Flora’s seven-month-old son Florado. On October 17, Muybridge went to Calistoga to track down Larkyns.”
“Upon finding him, Muybridge said, ‘Good evening, Major, my name is Muybridge and here’s the answer to the letter you sent my wife,’and shot him point-blank. Larkyns died that night, and Muybridge was arrested without protest and put in the Napa jail.”
It gets better:
“Muybridge was tried for murder, and pleaded insanity due to a severe head injury suffered in an 1860 stagecoach accident. At least four long-time acquaintances testified under oath that the accident had dramatically changed Muybridge’s personality, from genial and pleasant to unstable and erratic.”
“During the trial, Muybridge undercut his own insanity case by indicating that his actions were deliberate and premeditated, but he also showed impassive indifference and uncontrolled explosions of emotion.“
“The jury dismissed the insanity plea, but acquitted the photographer on the grounds of justifiable homicide, disregarding the judge’s instructions not to do that. The episode interrupted his photography studies, but not his relationship with Stanford, an old friend who had arranged for his criminal defense with the money he had from his large inheritance.”
This photographer, this artist, this man who created the prototype that lead to the video camera (which first started because of a bet on whether or not a horse’s feet could touch the ground all the way or halfway when it galloped)…
He got away with killing the dude who was shtoopin’ his wife.
And it was called…
This is, and was, the FIRST time I had ever heard of somebody ‘in reality’ getting away with something terrible like murder.
And the dude in question who got away with it? Y’know… Muybridge??
He totally deserved the right to get away with it!
Whenever you’re thinking deep down about the time you tagged a building and got caught/pulled over and was given a ticket for speeding and how unfair that was…?
Just remember something: