in the manner of Shenstone


 

 

~ Camouflage is the Fall of nature. (Cf. Adam and Eve.)

 

~ A tank, well camouflaged in a Nicolas Poussin, would be egregious in a Claude.

 

~ AFV crews who applied camouflage colours to their vehicles, staked their lives on their art.

 

~ It is the bufineff of dazzle camouflage to cause an s to appear an f, and an f an s.

 

~ Psychologists discover everything to be camouflage.  It is then made clear how very little these experts know of tanks.

 

~ In Bernini’s representation of Apollo and Daphne, it appears that a naked young man is lethargically pursuing a young lady, inadequately camouflaged.

 

~ The wreathing of the gun of the tank in boughs, recalls the garlanding of the neck of the sacrificial ox.

 

~ It was the opinion of the majority of the French aphorists that virtue is a camouflage.

 

~ Camouflage conceals by confusing the genera.

 

~ Camoufleurs are Monda painters.

 

~ Nature loves to hide – said Heraclitus.

 

~ In arcadia the entire scenery is a camouflage.

 

~ The pretty designs painted on tanks are the Pastorals of Mars.

 

~ Q-ships introduced the principles of Arcadia into Aphrodite’s meadows.

 

~ Classification of German Panzer Camouflage:

Primitive (1939)            overall dark grey

Classical (1943)             dark yellow, olive green, red-brown

(Cf. N. Poussin’s Funeral of Phocion)

Plein Air (1944)            ‘the hedgerow campaign’ – real foliage,

                                      grasses, etc., over dark yellow ground




~ Wadsworth and Wilkinson were camouflage artists; Ovid (of The Metamorphoses) was the first camouflage poet.

 

~ The fig-leaf was the first camouflage.

 

~ The Presocratic philosophers regarded the apparent world as a camouflage; they differed as to whether the thing confused was Fire (Heraclitus), or Water (Thales), or Air (Anaximenes), or The Boundless (Anaximander).

 

~ The camouflage smock of the Waffen-SS was the original of all military smocks – and of the Anorak uniform of the CND marchers.
 

~ Arnold’s Scholar Gipsy, when last glimpsed near Bagley Wood, was wearing a camouflage smock.

 

~ The domestic strawberry disguises certain of its leaves as the ripe fruit; this is the principle of dazzle camouflage.

 

~ The tank is a shy, dappled creature.

 

~ From his titles, (Some Versions of Pastoral, Seven Types of Ambiguity) the reader might mistake the critic William Empson for a camouflage expert.

 

~ An emblem might depict a well-camouflaged tank with the poesie, There’s no rose without a thorn.


~ It is a paradox to say – That camouflage shows up well.   – But it is certain to have been said.

 

~ The name F. M. von Senger und Etterlin (a leading expert on German armour) is itself like a camouflage. So is the name Solomon J. Solomon, of the work on Strategic Camouflage.

~ Shenstone might have added to his ‘Venus Semi-Reducta’ a ‘Panthera Semi-Reducta’.

 

~ It is uncertain whether the traditional dress of the Highlander is to be classified as concealing or as dazzle-type, camouflage.

 

~ To the dedicated anagrammatist, a proper name is no more than a challenging camouflage.

 

~ Realism is a style which purports to be, and is at first often taken to be, without camouflage.

 

~ Every style in art is a camouflage through which, by our own reconstruction, we think we see ‘real’ nature.

 

~ To camouflage a tank is to add what Shenstone calls ‘the amiable to the severe’ – the beautiful to the sublime, flutes to drums.

 

~ In tanks and warplanes and warships, the public apprehends the sublime without realizing it – and with an often ignorant hostility which a better acquaintance with tradition might transmute into Awe.

 

~ Seurat’s style is, to aunties, a mottle camouflage. To the initiated it is like a child’s-book illustration in which we have to join the dots.

 

~ The camouflage net is like a ploughshare made into a sword.

 

~ The Waffen-SS were the satyrs of this century.  (Cf. The Birth of Tragedy by F. Nietzsche.)

 

~ The Weather is a daily camouflage.

 

~ Camouflage with real foliage sacrifices nature to Conservation.

 

~ Painted bow-waves on warships are the false moustaches of camouflage.
 

~ Scented painted camouflage is the obvious retort to those new military weapons which ‘see’ by smell.

 

~ Total War prompts a Total War Art.

 

~ Gaston Phebus, in the 15th century, painted La Charrette Camouflee – The Camouflaged Cart.

~ When the camouflaged tank fires, it ends the enigma.


 

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