Anarchism  Anarchism is a generic term used to encompass a number of political ideas but central to all of them is a rejection of the state and other forms of authority or hierarchical organisation in favour of a society based […]

The Trial of the Thirty

Anarchist Unrest and The Trial of the Thirty  On  9 December 1893 an anarchist by the name of Auguste Vaillant threw a home-made bomb from the public gallery into the Chamber of Deputies slightly injuring some twenty people. This attack […]

Félix Fénéon

Félix Fénéon  Félix Fénéon was one of the most extraordinary characters to emerge in the Parisian literary and artistic world of the 1880’s. After moving to Paris in 1881, he earned a living as a clerk at the War Ministry […]

Signac, Portrait of Felix Feneon

Paul Signac: Portrait of Félix Fénéon – 1890  Museum of Modern Art, New York This extraordinary profile of Signac’s friend, the writer and critic Félix Fénéon is set against a swirl of spiralling, sinuous abstract designs. These background patterns were […]