Posted by: Rajesh Shukla | August 8, 2010

Indeed there is such a thing


Rene Magritte, La folie des grandeurs II ( Megalomania) 1948

With a sovereign and unique gesture, Kandinskey dismissed the old equivalence between resemblance and affirmation, freeing painting from both. Magritte proceeds by dissociating the two: disrupting their bonds, establishing their inequality, bringing one into play without the other, maintaining that which stems from painting and excluding that which is closest to discourse –pursuing as closely as possible the indefinite continuation of the similar, but excising from it any affirmation that would attempt to say what is resembled. An art of the ‘Same’, liberated from ‘as if’. We are farthest from trompe-l-oel.{Magritte wrote in 1946 that if the images are precise, in formal terms, the more precise they are, the more perfect the trompe-l-oel(indeed there is such a thing) the greater the deception..”} The latter seeks to support the rush of a convincing resemblance:

“what you see on the wall’s surface is not an aggregate of lines and colors. It is depth, sky, clouds that have shed your house, a real column around which you could walk, a stairway that continues which you could walk, a stairway that continues the steps you have begun to climb( already you start toward it, despite yourself), a stone balustrade over which lean the attentive faces to your own, to the very ribbons, smiling at your astonishment and your own smiles, gesturing to you in a fashion that is mysterious because they have answered you without even waiting for your own gestures to them.”
To me it appears that Magritte dissociated similitude from resemblance, and brought the former into play against the later.

-Michel Foucault

[ It is very important to note that Foucault and Deleuze though very much agree on various topics, unitedly attack metaphysics and were very close to each other yet on ontological plane they are altogether different. Foucault hails Kandinsky but Deleuze criticizes him that in his thinking and drawing he was a Cartesian. Foucault chooses Rene Magritte and Kandinsky perhaps because of his own Cartesian Cogito that Derrida has already shown us. –Rajesh Shukla]

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