100,000 Strolls In The Flaneur’s Gallery

Edgar Degas. Barefoot Spartan Girls Challenging Boys. c.1860-62. National Gallery, London.
Edgar Degas. Spartan Girls Provoking Boys. c.1860-62. National Gallery, London.

Sometime last night this blog logged its 100,000th page view. By Internet standards that is a paltry number, but it pleases me in modest ways. Nothing of my making has ever generated 100,000 of anything. No small portion of this attention – 11,407 page views, to be precise – was stimulated by this jpeg image of Degas’s Spartan Girls Provoking Boys, first published on November 15, 2007. It is, by far, the most popular post on the blog. I’d like to think this represents an abiding curiosity about antiquity or Impressionism, and there is some evidence for that. “Spartan” and “Degas” rank among the blog’s top search engine terms. So do “nude” and “boy.” So I suspect the page views also reflect a prurient interest in naked youth.

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5 Responses to 100,000 Strolls In The Flaneur’s Gallery

  1. tomrobertstennessee says:

    Congratulations to the Blindflaneur! Your incisive commentary about hit number 100,000 brings to mind a song from the Broadway Show–Avenue Q–“The Internet is for Porn.” You can find a pirated version on Youtube.
    Funny how your accompanying text can alter my percepton of the Degas image. The first time I saw it in 1997, I viewed it as a really unusual Degas composition with figures in a landscape. Now, I’m curious about whether or not your comments about “prurient interest” are on target with some of the hits.

  2. Mark Willis says:

    I continue to be struck by how modern, and un-classical, the figures are. Prurient interest notwithstanding, the attention has led me to give Degas a second consideration.

  3. ms modigliani says:

    Congratulations on your 100,000 viewing, [Mark]. Ecclectic, thoughtful, playful, your blog continues to engage and interest this reader.

  4. Mark Willis says:

    Thank you, Ms. M!

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