Dingo the Dissident

THE BLOG OF DISQUIET : Qweir Notions in the Armpit of Diogenes by DINGO the DISSIDENT binge-thinker since February 2008.
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Sunday, 22 March 2015

DGD

Today's main Art Movement in France
is what I call Dégénéro-Déco, or DGD ( pronounced dégédé in French).
Its sad practitioners make the Chinese copiers of Vermeer,
Delacroix and the bleak Picasso-factory seem very creative indeed...
 
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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I joined the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada for awhile, about five years ago., I was more interested in the fact that the system used to verbally describe armorial bearings was akin to programming a computer, with it's own formal language subset. But I let my membership lapse after the first year, simply out of boredom (and a dislike of snobbery and anything reeking of class structure), there being, really, not a lot to the subject, if you leave the history out.

I was going to say that this art is just as uninspiring as heraldry, but I can't, because even this seems drier than some of the simpler armorials. And that says a lot.

Wofl said...

Actually I find heraldry quite interesting from a 'design' as well as from a linguistic point of view. Gules for 'red' must be related to 'gueules' (= mouths, which are depicted in red) which gives the English words 'yowls' as well as 'jowls'...

Wofl said...

PS
Doesn't one say 'achievement' rather than 'armorial' for a coat-of-arms ?

Anonymous said...

Actually, you are correct on the term achievement. Color me fast and loose lol. Armorial bearings include achievements, flags, and badges ie. the whole kit and kaboodle.

Not certain on the link between red and mouths. Would not surprise me. I'd have to look it up. I was going to go for my licentiate, but life happened, and I dropped the whole thing. Never too late though. Still have Boutelle's, and other guides.

And yes, the terminology is Norman French ie colours, etc.

Cheers,

Brian L. (same anon who has posted frequently on your blog, of late)

Anonymous said...

I'll tell you what happened that had me leave the RHSC, briefly.

I was browsing through the society's message boards, and someone asked if our current prime minister had petitioned for his coat of arms ie. achievement. But they asked in a very class-aware way ie "Is the PM one of us".

Referring to us and them, just bugs me. It detracts from an otherwise fun hobby. Mind, I'm as guilty of it too. I have hereditary post-nominals that I do use socially. So, yes, I am a hypocrite. And my own worse critic, besides....

Brian L.