Describing the roll thus : “Observer, philosopher, flaneur, calling him what you will, the crowd is his element, as the air is that of birds and water of fishes. Passion and his profession are to become one flesh with the crowd. For the perfect flaneur, for the passionate spectator, it is an immense joy to set up house in the heart of the multitude, amid the ebb and flow of movement in the midst of the fugitive and the infinite.”
There was no better provocation for the Impressionists to go out and paint in the open air. Baudelaire passionately believed that it was incumbent in living artists to document their time, recognising the unique position of talented painter or sculpture finds him or herself in.
Few men are gifted with the capacity of seeing, there are fewer still that possess the power of expression. It’s much easier to decide out right that everything about modern life is absolutely ugly, than to devote oneself to the task of distilling from it the mysterious element of beauty that it may contain, however a slight or minimal element maybe.
He challenged artists to find in modern life the eternal from the transitory, that he thought, was the essential purpose of art, to capture the universal in the every day, which was particular to their here and now, the present.