Cezanne and Modernism: The Poetics of Painting
This book explores the contemporary modification of traditional relations among the arts. Interpreting Cezanne as a founder of Modernism, it focuses on an aesthetics of the image (with roots in Bergson, Heidegger, and Merleau-Ponty) of equivalent value across the arts and in literature.
The author argues that Cezanne's transformation of traditional pictorial images and invention of radically new types of images resulted in the replacement of the mimetic motivation of the pictorial sign by symbolist, plastic, contemplative, and visionary motivations. These yielded four corresponding types of images all of which can be generally found together in all the great Modernist masters. After surveying the transformation of the image in the psychological theories of the nineteenth century, this investigation focuses on the Bergsonian philosophy of the image as a hermeneutical parallel of Cezanne's pictorial theory and practice. Included are original readings of the most important serial paintings of Cezanne, including the Mont. Ste.-Victoire, the Bathers, and the Cardplayers."
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abstract action activity aesthetic Art of Cezanne artistic association associationism Badt Bergson Bergsonian brushstrokes canvas Cardplayers cardplaying cards Cezanne's collage color concepts consciousness constituted conversion creative cubism death Delacroix discussion dissociation double binds Emile Bernard Emile Zola emotion empathetic empathy erotic existential experience expressive figure Heidegger hermeneutical human Ibid imagination Impressionism impressionists impressions intentions interpretation intuition Large Bathers Matter and Memory meaning Merleau-Ponty metaphoric metaphysical metonymic Modern Art modernist modulation Mont Sainte-Victoire montage narrative nature objects optical painter painterly painting patterns Paul Cezanne Paul Gauguin perception pictorial plastic images poem poetic possible present psychological qualities reality realized motif Reff reflective relations Rewald Rilke role sensations sense sense and reference sensory shifting motif signified signs skull space spatial stages Stevens symbol symbolist synthesis temperament temporality theme theory things tion traditional transcend transformation translated Ugolino unity viewer vision visionary images visual Wallace Stevens word Zola