De l’inquiètude

Roger de Piles

“Les yeux ont cela de commun avec les autres organes des sens qu’uos ne veulent point être interrompus dans leur fonctions, et Il faut convenir que plusiers personnes qui parleraient dans un même lieu, en même temps et de même ton, feraient de la peine aux auditeurs qui ne sauraient lequel entendre.”

Roger de Piles, Cours de Peinture par Principes (1708)

Intricacy in form, therefore, I shall define to be that peculiarity in the lines, which compose it, that leads the eye a wanton kind of chace, and from the pleasure that gives the mind, intitles it to the name of beautiful: and it may be justly said, that the cause of the idea of grace more immediately resides in this principle, than in the other five, except variety; which indeed includes this, and all the others.

William Hogarth, The Analysis of Beauty (1753)

The higher inquiètude is vision without attention.
The “led eye” is a fallacy.
Artists are observers of vision, “organic intellectuals” as Gramsci put it.


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