publication . Article . 2017

The Paradox of a Gesture, Enlarged by the Distension of Time: Merleau-Ponty and Lacan on a Slow-Motion Picture of Henri Matisse Painting

Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky;
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  • Published: 25 Jun 2017 Journal: Performance Philosophy (issn: 2057-7176, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Performance Philosophy
Abstract
<jats:p>In his lecture series The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis (1964), Lacan refers to a �delightful example� that Merleau-Ponty gives in his Book Signes (1960). Lacan describes it as a �strange slow-motion film in which one sees Matisse painting.� This is a scene from the documentary entitled A Great French Painter, Henri Matisse, by director Fran�ois Campaux, a 16mm black and white film shot in 1946. Merleau-Ponty points, as Lacan puts it, to �the paradox of that gesture which, enlarged by the distension of time, enables us to imagine the most perfect deliberation on each of these strokes.� In fact, Merleau-Ponty underscores that this is an illu...
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free text keywords: phenomenology, psychoanalysis, Lacan, Merleau-Ponty, Matisse, Campaux, The performing arts. Show business, PN1560-1590, Philosophy (General), B1-5802, Subjectification, Gesture, Art history, Illusion, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Deliberation, Art, Slow motion, Phenomenology (philosophy), Painting, Rationality, Aesthetics
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publication . Article . 2017

The Paradox of a Gesture, Enlarged by the Distension of Time: Merleau-Ponty and Lacan on a Slow-Motion Picture of Henri Matisse Painting

Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky;