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Paul de Man and Martin McQuillan

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748641048

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641048.001.0001

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Jacques Villon (1952)

Jacques Villon (1952)

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(p.38) 2 Jacques Villon (1952)
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The Paul De Man Notebooks
Author(s):

Jarkko Toikkanen

Kati Toikkanen

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641048.003.0003

In this 1952 essay, originally published in Swedish and translated in English by Jarkko Toikkanen and Kati Toikkanen, Paul de Man talks about the French artist Jacques Villon. In his conversation with de Man, Villon declares that one should have four existences; in his case, graphics was his first existence, painting his second, and graphics again his third. As for the fourth, he has no idea. Two of Villon's most beautiful compositions are Le Grain ne meurt and Du Blé à paille. Villon went over to cubism on exiting the vicious circle of impressionism around 1910, drawn as much to its propensity towards severity and abstraction as much as its frugal use of color. Two years later, he took part in the formation of Section d'Or in Paris. Villon's concept of space has been inspired by Paolo Uccello and the visual pyramid first codified by Leonardo da Vinci.

Keywords:   graphics, Paul de Man, Jacques Villon, painting, cubism, Section d'Or, space, Paolo Uccello, visual pyramid, Leonardo da Vinci

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