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Art and EmbodimentFrom Aesthetics to Self-Consciousness$
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Paul Crowther

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199244973

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199244973.001.0001

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Vision and Painting

(p.102) 6 Merleau-Ponty
Art and Embodiment

Paul Crowther

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Merleau-Ponty's theory of painting, outlined in his final published paper, ‘Eye and Mind’ (1961). The theory embodies some of the crucial changes which had taken place in his overall philosophical position since The Phenomenology of Perception (1945). Section I traces the development of Merleau-Ponty's overall philosophical position, and Section II relates it to the development of his theory of painting as exemplified in the essays ‘Cezanne's Doubt’ (1945), ‘Indirect Language and the Voices of Silence’ (1952), and ‘Eye and Mind’. Section III evaluates Merleau-Ponty's theory of painting, and argues that whilst ‘Eye and Mind’ offers acute insights into the links between vision and painting, it needs to be supplemented by a development of some of the points made in his earlier work.

Keywords:   Merleau-Ponty, theory of painting, Cezanne's Doubt, Indirect Language and the Voices of Silence, Eye and Mind, vision

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