The Painter of Modern Life
In his essay Baudelaire refers to an unnamed person as M.G. who is a lover of life, child like, drinking in everything he sees and experiences.
“The crowd is his domain, just as the air is the bird’s, and water of the fish. His passion and his profession is to merge with the crowd.”
“.....he can be compared to a mirror as vast as the crowd; to a kaleidoscope endowed consciousness, which with every one of its movements represents pattern of life, in all it’s multiplicity and the flowing grace of all the elements that go to compose life. It is athirst for the non-ego, and reflecting it at every moment in energies more vivid than life itself, always inconstant and fleeting.”