Alchemist of the avant-garde : the case of Marcel Duchamp by Duchamp, Marcel; Moffitt, John Francis; Duchamp, Marcel

By Duchamp, Marcel; Moffitt, John Francis; Duchamp, Marcel

A desirable ebook demonstrating the impression of alchemy and esoteric traditions at the mature paintings of Marcel Duchamp

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The Imagination of the Adept is diaphanous, whilst that of the crowd is opaque. . ” Lévi generously acknowledged the sources of this ecstatic visionary notion that prophetically articulated Symbolist perceptualconceptual theory. ”51 Throughout his works, Lévi’s debt to Swedenborg is patent. An apt example is a poem by Lévi, “Correspondences” (1851), which directly inspired a much better known poem by Baudelaire with the same title, written ten years later (in part quoted above). Lévi’s Correspondences also provide a handy catalogue of later Symbolist leitmotifs, including the following assumptions: “Forms constitute a language which speaks to us while we are asleep.

The strictly physical significance of abstraction for the Symbolist/modernist painter was made unmistakable in a famous dictum expressed by Maurice Denis in 1890. ”6 For the Symbolists, besides representing a certain assemblage of autonomous motifs, abstraction also embodied a preference for symbolic over phenomenal color. In this sense, the move towards pure abstraction signals a preference for signs over 16 ALCHEMIST OF THE AVANT-GARDE physical perceptions, and amorphous psychic moods (Stimmungen in Kandinsky’s terminology) over the banal facts of direct observation.

50 This proto-Übermensch is the ecstatic genius dominated by his imagination, and this faculty makes him a prophetic seer. As Lévi remarks, “the Man of Genius differs from the dreamer and the fool in this only: that his creations are analogous to truth, while those of the fool and the dreamer are lost reflections and borrowed images. . The Imagination of the Adept is diaphanous, whilst that of the crowd is opaque. . ” Lévi generously acknowledged the sources of this ecstatic visionary notion that prophetically articulated Symbolist perceptualconceptual theory.

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