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The Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) also bears a Latin name (as does indeed the Dover sole [Solea solea]). The red harengus, spawning in the proliferation of the choppy blogoon is much more red-topped and sadly lacks gracious nomenclature. The former's, however, does appear to have a reasonably fitting ring to it if one is slightly dyslexic and bestowed with abundant imagination.
This is an invariable rule of art history: only when a painter is painting what appeals to him, in a way that appeals to him, is there a chance of producing a worthwhile picture.
-- Hereward Lester Cooke (1916-1973) US artist and art historian, also known as 'Sherlock Holmes of the Art World' for work in solving art mysteries of attribution.
A pity that within contemporary reportage, 'worthwhile' tends to equate less to 'accuracy' than 'as many ripples as possible' upon a paparazzi-adoring, sensation-orientated, often-fishy scale.
Copyright © 8 December 2007
Jennifer I Paull, Vouvry, Switzerland