The Form-Pleasure

Jean-Luc Nancy

in The Pleasure in Drawing

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print July 2013 | ISBN: 9780823250936
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780823252671 | DOI:
The Form-Pleasure

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This section discusses pleasure by drawing on Sigmund Freud’s work on the subject of aesthetic form, particularly his notion of sexual pleasure as opposed to aesthetic pleasure. Freud views aesthetics as a matter of pleasure. Sensuality takes pleasure in tension and gives itself what Jacques Lacan calls “pleasure desiring” in commenting on Freud. It is impossible for Freud to consider aesthetic form or art as legitimate in their own right. The pleasure of form—in a certain manner doubly diminished by Freud as the pleasure of tension—is what he actually considers aesthetic pleasure. Also included in this section is a “Sketchbook” of quotations on art from André Breton, Plotinus, René Magritte, Paul Gauguin, Wassily Kandinsky, and Georges Bataille.

Keywords: pleasure; Sigmund Freud; form; sexual pleasure; aesthetic pleasure; aesthetics; sensuality; pleasure desiring; tension; art

Chapter.  2429 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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