Paul Signac, Portrait of Félix Fénéon, 1890.
One fin de siècle anarchist aesthete’s portrait of another.
"There is no affirmation of individual liberty more heroic than this: to create, in view of eternity, mistrusting all reticence and all sacrifice to the preoccupations of transitory contingencies, a new form of beauty. Thus, consciously or not - but what does it matter - whoever communicates to his suffering comrades the secret splendor of his dreams acts upon surrounding society as a dissolvant, and all who understand them become, often without their realization, outlaws and rebels."
Pierre Quillard, “L’Anarchie par la Littérature,” 1892.