Painting and the Question of Concepts: Lecture 3, 28 April 1981

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By Gilles Deleuze

Lecture given by French philosopher Gilles Deleuze at the University of Paris 8, 28 April 1981. This is lecture 3 of an 8-lecture seminar Deleuze taught between March and June 1981.

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The Deleuze Seminars is a collection of audio recordings, transcriptions, and English translations of, and supplemental materials from, the lectures French philosopher Gilles Deleuze gave during his career at the University of Paris 8.

“Painting and the Question of Concepts” was an 8-lecture seminar given from late March to early June of 1981. In this seminar, Deleuze critiques aesthetic theories which treat art as ‘representation’, presenting instead his own aesthetic concepts. Many of the concepts and works of art discussed herein also appear in Deleuze’s book published the same year, Francis Bacon-Logique de la sensation (Francis Bacon: The Logic of Sensation), making “Painting and the Question of Concepts” an important companion to Deleuze’s book.

In the 28 April 1981 lecture, topics of discussion include: Figurative and Expressionist painting; the concept ‘chaos-germ’; Belgian-born French artist and writer Henri Michaux; French philosopher and writer Jean Grenier; the tension between the eye and the hand; Dutch painter Piet Mondrian; American artist Jackson Pollock; colors and pictorial lines; Michelangelo; Mannerism and pictorial fact; Francis Bacon; Cézanne; diagram and pictorial code; Russian painter and art theorist Wassily Kandinsky; the Kantian analytic of elements; binary code; French painter Auguste Herbin; French artist Georges Seurat; Polish-born, French and American mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot and fractal objects; German art historian Wilhelm Worringer; American essayist and art critic Clement Greenberg; and the line in various schools of painting, including the Gothic or Northern line, All-over painting, and the line without contour.

This dataset includes: two mp3 recordings of the lecture (total time, 2:26:03), an aggregate version of the audio recordings into a single mp3, and the complete French transcription of the recorded lecture in both pdf (32 pp) and plain text.

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Les Séminaires de Deleuze sont une collection d'enregistrements audio, de transcriptions et de traductions en anglais et de documents complémentaires des conférences que le philosophe français Gilles Deleuze a donné lors de sa carrière à l'Université de Paris 8.

«La peinture et la question des concepts» était un séminaire de 8 conférences donné de fin mars à début juin 1981. Dans ce séminaire, Deleuze critique les théories esthétiques qui traitent l'art comme «représentation», présentant ses propres concepts esthétiques. Beaucoup de concepts et d'œuvres d'art décrites ici apparaissent également dans le livre de Deleuze publié la même année, Francis Bacon-Logique de la sensation, faisant de «La peinture et de la question des concepts» un important compagnon de le livre de Deleuze.

Dans la lecture du 28 avril 1981, les sujets de discussion comprennent: peinture figural et peinture expressionniste; la notion «chaos-germ»; l'artiste et l'écrivain français Henri Michaux; philosophe et écrivain français Jean Grenier; la tension entre l'œil et la main; peintre néerlandais Piet Mondrian; l'artiste américain Jackson Pollock; couleurs et lignes picturales; Michel-Ange; Maniérisme et fait pictural; Francis Bacon; Cézanne; diagramme et code pictural; peintre russe et théoricien d'art Wassily Kandinsky; l'analytique kantienne des éléments; le code binaire; le peintre français Auguste Herbin; l'artiste français Georges Seurat; mathématicien français et américain (né polonais) Benoit Mandelbrot et objets fractals; l'historien de l'art allemand Wilhelm Worringer; essayiste américain et critique d'art Clement Greenberg; et la ligne dans diverses écoles de peinture, y compris la ligne gothique ou septentrionale, la ligne All-over, et la ligne sans contour.

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This research has been generously supported through a grant from the College of Liberal Arts, Purdue University.

The description of this dataset is based on the meticulous work of Frédéric Astier, whose Les cours enregistrés de Gilles Deleuze, 1979-1987 has catalogued Deleuze’s seminars for those years.

Special thanks to the family of Gilles Deleuze and the University of Paris 8 for permission to reproduce the material published here.

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