Saturday, 29 December 2012

The Ladder of Civilization

"by the mere fact that he forms part of an organised crowd, 
a man descends several rungs in the ladder of civilization. 
Isolated, he may be a cultivated individual; in a crowd he is a barbarian - 
that is, a creature acting by instinct."
Gustave Lebon, La Psychologie des Foules, 1895

Enguerrand Quarton - Detail from Le Courronement de la Vierge - 1453-54

L. S. Lowry - Our Town - 1943

Bernard Buffet - L’enterrement - 1949