American critics are like American universities. They both have dull and half-dead faculties.
—W. H. Auden
- Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the
same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an
unhealthy state of things.
The Critic: As the Brooklyn Museum notes: "This figure has been identified as a particular individual—Andor Halasi, a literary critic Tihanyi knew well—yet the sitter’s sharply rendered features almost suggest a physical type for the profession, with a high, intellectual forehead, alert eyes, long nose, and pinched mouth. Tihanyi emphasizes the sitter’s pronounced bone structure with a subtle play of light and shadow indicating sharp protrusions and deep hollows. The angular wings of the subject’s starched collar and the knot of his tie further echo his pointed features."
Artist: Tihanyi Lajos (1885–1938); Painted in 1916. The painting is at The Brooklyn Museum.