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The Ice Chimney on the North Face of the Eiger, Switzerland - by Prue Bishop 2015
Sculptural Watercolour in a box frame 80 x 60 x 8 cm
Note: The Ice Chimney (Wasserfallkamin) or Ice Waterfall is at 3450m on the so-called Heckmeir Route that leads to the
Ramp Icefield (Rampeneisfeld).

At a French exhibition in December 2016, the Sculptural Watercolours attracted considerable attention. A French newspaper described them as 'bluffant'. This is difficult to translate, but an on-line dictionary came up with 'stupefying, incredible, unimaginable, stunning, imposing, inspiring, remarkable'.

The venue was a château near Geneva once owned by Voltaire where he spent much of the latter part of his life collaborating with others of the Enlightenment to produce inter-alia a multi-volume encyclopaedic dictionary.

In looking through Volume 7 of this extremely important work, Prue Bishop was struck by Voltaire's entry on literary taste, as it coincided so closely with her own views on artistic taste:

French original English translation

Il ne suffit pas pour le goût, de voir, de connaître la beauté d’un ouvrage ; il faut la sentir, en être touché. Il ne suffit pas de sentir, d’être touché d’une manière confuse, il faut démêler les différentes nuances ; rien ne doit échapper à la promptitude du discernement ; & c’est encore une ressemblance de ce goût intellectuel, de ce goût des Arts, avec le goût sensuel : …

L’Encyclopédie, 1re éd. Mis en ordre & publié par M. Diderot (et d'Alambert), Tome 7 1757 p761, Goût, (Gramm. Litterat. & Philos.) [Voltaire]

With taste, it is not sufficient merely to see and to know the beauty of a work; one must feel it and be touched by it. Nor is it sufficient to feel and to be touched in a confused way; one must detect the different nuances. Nothing should get in the way of one’s instinctive appreciation of taste as one draws upon all the intellectual, artistic and sensual subtleties involved.

Translation of Voltaire's entry on literary taste. 35 volumes were published from 1751 to 1780. It is the leading work of the Enlightenment - that challenged both church and monarchy.

If you would like to know more about the Eiger North Face, we have placed a few photos below the PREVIOUS and NEXT arrows. The photos were taken on 30 March 2014 by John Lumby


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Above: the Most Famous Locations on the Eiger North Face Climb

Eiger - Death bivouac to Spider

Above: Eiger North Face Climb - Death Bivouac to Spider- (Look carefully for climbers)

January 25th, 2017


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