In his essay "The Painter of Modern Life," why is Baudelaire's painter of modern life "searching" for "modernity"? And what does "modernity" in this sense mean?
In "The Painter of Modern Life" Baudelaire's ideal of a modern painter searches for those rare moments of beauty in the modern world around us. In other words, he is searching for "modernity."
For Baudelaire, modernity is the inconstant element of beauty. It encompasses that which is fleeting and ephemeral. In a world of such rapid change, the modern artist somehow needs to find modernity. Artists must discover those little moments of beauty often overshadowed by the speed of modern life.
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