Artibus et Historiae no. 23 (XII)

1991, ISSN 0391-9064

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JEAN-CLAUDE MARGOLIN - Bachelard and Art

The philosopher Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962), who was also a philosopher of science, spent most of his time in the company of poets and artists. Bellmer, Segal, and Chagall even painted him, and there are portraits of him by the engraver Flocon and the draughtsmen Fouquet and Lapoujade. Bachelard's most important essays on twentieth-century philosophy and aesthetics concern artists and the imaginative power of material.

The eye and the prophetic look, the dynamics of the hand, and the "color variations" of the soul-all these analyses show that Bachelard's hitherto neglected theory of art goes back to his philosophy of the four elements, his conception of dreams, and his phenomenology of the imaginary.

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