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Aesthetics

Miguel de Beistegui

in Immanence - Deleuze and Philosophy

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780748638307
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671816 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638307.003.0007
Aesthetics

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This chapter demonstrates the affinity between philosophy and art, or between concepts, by taking the examples of Marcel Proust and Francis Bacon. It specifically refers to literature and painting. Gilles Deleuze's thought matured between the plane of explication and that of complication, between the first and the second edition of Proust and Signs. The figures in Bacon's paintings always fall short of a complete dissolution. His work is irreducible to the various artistic tendencies that have been sketched so far. Wilhelm Worringer determines a type of non-organic vitality in art, especially in northern European medieval art. Deleuze opposes the realism of deformation. Essence is nothing spiritual, but a material force or an energy emanating from a thing or a person. It is this ‘abbreviation into intensity’ that Bacon has sought to produce.

Keywords: philosophy; art; Marcel Proust; Francis Bacon; literature; painting; Gilles Deleuze; Wilhelm Worringer

Chapter.  14683 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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