What Constable’s apocalypse can educate us in regards to the mysteries of ‘late type’

Smiles admits that sometimes there is “independently verified evidence of age-related weaknesses affecting an artist’s production”. Both painting and sculpture require physical exertion. “Age problems – arthritic or rheumatic diseases, difficulty standing, hand tremors, loss of vision – can affect how it is [artists] Work. “Understanding how artists deal with frailty is still a topic of great interest to Smiles.

But how does he explain, after rejecting what he calls the “late style” idea with a capital L and S, that so many great artists have created great works in their final years? Easy, he replies. “I am satisfied with the notion of late styles, plural.”

Of course, he explains, “professional artists who work in old age do things that may look very different from what they did when they were young. But mostly it’s not a sudden rupture marked by an epiphany: “Oh God, I’m going to die, I better do something radical.” Rather, it is simply the development of tendencies that have built up over the course of their careers. “

Lyles agrees. In fact, she tells me, the idea that Constable’s art was changed by the death of his wife is a cliché: “It’s the classic line that is trodden off when someone talks about Constable’s change in style and mood: ‘Oh, his wife die, also life ‘becomes more agonizing for him and the handling becomes looser.’ Actually, I think it was going in that direction anyway. “

Regarding the classic model of gerontology – that our creative power reaches its peak in middle age before it inexorably declines – Smiles says: “Yes, that is probably right for most people.” But there are people who can run marathons at 90 and they are not considered normal people. The same applies to artists who create the extraordinary to the bitter end.

“You usually think of the boldness of young artists breaking rules, advancing, inventing new expressive languages. So if at the end of your creative life you can experience a sudden upswing that is close to death and have the same creative power as you were when you were a young artist, this is a very comforting idea. “

Late Constable is at the Royal Academy of Arts, London W1 (020 7300 8000; royalacademy.org.uk), from October 30th. The Late Works of JMW Turner by Sam Smiles (Yale) is out now

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“A super-intelligent machine that controls the world sounds like science fiction,” said Manuel Cebrian, co-author of the study and head of the research group. “But there are already machines that do certain important tasks independently, without programmers fully understanding how they learned to do it.”

According to this theory, the Great Robot War, the Robot Apocalypse, and the Robot Order of the New World lie before us.

My biggest grief when this happens is that Larry King is unable to record the event in his own style. Maybe, maybe there is another columnist out there who could fill his shoes and braces.

“Angelina Jolie, who was seriously injured when an X950 combat robot broke into her fortified compound, tells me she has nothing on the way … I want to say hi to our new robot overlords and let you know if it’s you Looking for people to work with, my good friend Charlie Sheen says he’s ready, willing, and able … These Kraft macaroni and cheese are good things! I lived on it for a week while crouching in the dark … I never knew you could shine a compound fracture with a Lifetime Achievement Emmy, but it seems you can … when does J-Lo leave her latest Publication drop? … “

Thank you Larry King. They showed the rest of us how to do it. We will miss you in the bleak and bleak robot future.

Scott Hollifield, a humor columnist, is the editor of McDowell News in Marion, NC. Write to him rhollifield@mcdowellnews.com.