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Aesthetic Rivalries

Word and Image in France, 1880–1926

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Linda Goddard

This book explores interaction and competition between painting and literature in France, from the late nineteenth century to the early twentieth, offering new readings of works by key figures including Paul Gauguin, Stéphane Mallarmé, Pablo Picasso and André Gide. Combining close visual and literary analysis with a broader examination of critical discourse, the volume uncovers a mutual but often contentious exchange of ideas. The author challenges habits of periodisation, drawing attention to the links between Symbolist and Cubist criticism. Issues such as the debate about ‘literary’ painting, the role of art criticism and artists’ writings, as well as themes such as newspapers and gold, alchemy and forgery, are shown to connect the two centuries. In examining how the rejection of mimesis in painting affected literary responses to the visual arts, the book explores a shift in power from the verbal to the visual in the early decades of the twentieth century.

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Abbaye de Créteil 114 n. 6, 235–6 abstract art 12, 142, 143, 145, 146, 153 n. 126, 156, 198, 216, 217 abstraction 30, 35, 50, 56, 71, 73, 100, 115–19, 125–6, 127, 128, 133, 141, 142, 146, 153, 156, 159 Action française 20, 136 Adorno, Theodor 209 n. 35 alchemy metaphor/theme 14, 15, 48, 165 n. 6, 167, 184, 187, 189, 191, 194, 195, 197, 198, 204, 215, 232 Allard, Roger 145–6, 153 n. 126 ‘Sur quelques peintres’ 134–6, 137, 142 and n. 94 Andersen, Wayne 109 n. 152 Anquetin, Louis 1, 49, 71 Antoine, Jules 50 Apollinaire, Guillaume 113, 114 n. 6, 116, 119 and n. 21, 120, 122–4, 126, 130 n. 57, 136, 137, 138 n. 81, 142 n. 94, 145, 146–7, 152–3 and n. 126, 155–9, 168, 169, 179, 195, 229 n. 89, 233, 234, 235, 238–9, 242 album d’idéogrammes lyriques 234, 238; ‘Lettre océan’ 238 Calligrammes 234, 242 ‘Cubisme’ 155, 156 ‘Du sujet dans la peinture moderne’ 156 Méditations esthétiques 158 n. 144 Orphism 114 n. 6, 146, 158–9, 235, 238, 239, 241 ‘Pablo Picasso’ 229 Les Peintres cubistes 124, 147, 155, 158 and n. 144, 241 ‘Réalité, peinture pure’ 157 ‘Simultanisme-librettisme’ 238 Les Soirées de Paris 145 Aristotle: Poetics 9 Arnar, Anna Sigrídur 172 n. 25, 181 n. 58 Aurier, Albert 5, 20, 21, 23, 38, 39, 40, 46, 48–54, 55, 57, 58, 60,...

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