What is actually so new about the new work?26.05.2017
"Opposite to this man who cannot work are two men who apparently have nothing to do, these are the headworkers who, although they appear idle, work and which are the reason for well-being and the happiness of others." There is a beautiful description of Ford Madox Brown about his thoughts on this picture, which he has designated with the concise title "work". And a more general description on the English Wikipedia. It is well suited to show how the idea of work in society, now seen as gainful employment, has changed. At this time, from a rural "idyll" to an urban economy in London (Hampstead). It is also an indication that the New Work debate often argues without these historical references, which are important. "The fences around the pit separate the reality of productive labor from leisure, inertia, and unproductive labor." Picture (=contribution): Ford Madox Brown – Work (Google Art Project). Use as a public domain file.