Essays in Aesthetics

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THE UNPRIVELEGED PAINTER: LAPOUJADE

Since Goya killers have not ceased their slaughter nor pacifists their protests. Every five or ten years a painter attempts to revive the horrors of war by modernizing uniforms and weapons.**

Lapoujade's undertaking is different. His aim is not to congeal art by putting it to the service of Genteel Thought but rather to study internally the nature and scope of painting. Almost a century ago Art became critical; since then it has flaunted its right to judge painting. Lapoujade has evolved his own style while painting and has finally created presences that are an integral part of each composition and yet transcend them all.

His presences could not be communicated through figurative art.*** The human figure, in particular, disguised men's suffering; it disappeared, and its demise within the very matrix of art gave

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*
Robert Lapoujade was born at Montauban in 1921. According to the biographical notice printed in the catalog prepared for an exhibition of his non-figurative paintings ( Galérie Pierre Domec, Paris, March 10--April 15, 1961), he is a self-made artist, a practitioner "by necessity" of various trades, and a writer. His works have been widely exhibited in Europe and America. The Museum of Modern Art has acquired two of his canvases. This essay was originally printed in the aforementioned catalog.
**
Francisco José de Goya ( 1746-1828), an indefatigable moralist as well as a great artist, depicted the horrors of war in bold colors in Dos de Mayo and repeated the same theme in his most famous etchings, Disasters of War.
***
Since definitions are not always universally accepted (witness the complaint of those who hold that "abstract" art is highly concrete), I have chosen to use the literal equivalents of the French expressions, figurative and nonfigurative, rather than contrasts involving "representational," "objective," and the like.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction vii
  • The Venetian Pariah 1
  • The Puritans of the Rialto 12
  • Man at Bay 30
  • A Mole in the Sun 38
  • The Paintings of Giacometti 46
  • The Unpriveleged Painter: Lapoujade 60
  • The Mobiles of Calder 78
  • The Quest for the Absolute 82
  • Index 93
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