By John F. Moffitt
A desirable e-book demonstrating the impression of alchemy and esoteric traditions at the mature artwork of Marcel Duchamp.
Acknowledged because the "Artist of the Century," Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968) left a legacy that dominates the paintings international to at the present time. Inventing the mockingly dégagé angle of "ready-made" art-making, Duchamp heralded the postmodern period and changed Pablo Picasso because the position version for avant-garde artists. John F. Moffitt demanding situations as a rule authorised interpretations of Duchamp's paintings and personality by way of exhibiting that his mature paintings, after 1910, is basically drawn from the effect of the occult traditions. Moffitt demonstrates that the major to knowing the cryptic that means of Duchamp's different works of art and writings is alchemy, the main pictorial of all of the occult philosophies and sciences.
This cutting edge artwork heritage is written in a full of life, designated type. very like a prosecuting lawyer's short, Alchemist of the Avant-Garde argues its case with documented historic proof, now not theoretical versions. a desirable learn, Moffitt's paintings should be welcomed by means of artists, paintings fanatics, and all these attracted to the cultural historical past of the trendy and postmodern eras.
“…this vast and profound examine is very informative, thought-provoking and horizon-broadening.” — AMBIX, magazine of the Society for the heritage of Alchemy and Chemistry
"The complete booklet is unforeseen to people who have by no means thought of Duchamp as an alchemist, starting from the professors who contain him of their paintings heritage surveys to the authors of even fatter books approximately him. Moffitt's a prolific and intensely commonly cultured writer, with distinct services within the Renaissance and within the topic of forgery in addition to in these so much enigmatic of recent artists, Joseph Beuys and Marcel Duchamp. i can't identify the other artwork historian who understands the esoteric box in addition to he does." — Joscelyn Godwin, writer of Theosophical Enlightenment
John F. Moffitt is Professor Emeritus of paintings background at New Mexico nation college. he's the writer of Spanish portray; Occultism in Avant-Garde artwork: The Case of Joseph Beuys; Velázquez, práctica e proposal: Estudios dispersos; artwork Forgery: The Case of the woman of Elche; the humanities in Spain; and Picturing Extraterrestrials: Alien Imagery in sleek Mass tradition. he's coauthor (with Santiago Sebastián) of O courageous New humans: the eu Invention of the yankee Indian.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Prosecuting the Duchamp Case
1. An Esoteric French formative years for Duchamp: Symbolist tradition and Occultism
2. the discovery of the trendy Alchemist-Artist
3. The Cultural Shaping of an Artist-Iconoclast: Duchamp in France, 1887–1915
4. Duchamp's First Experiments in Esoteric and Alchemical paintings, 1910–1912
5. Duchamp in manhattan with Esoteric buyers and the big Glass, 1915–1923
6. Alchemical Emblematics and the Ready-Mades, 1913–1923
7. The Esoteric Fourth measurement and legislation of probability, 1895–1923
8. The Circle Closes, 1923–1968
Epilogue: The Prosecution Rests
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Besides the case of Baudelaire, there may be also cited a passage from Gérard de Nerval’s Aurélia. ” As Nerval further explains, such Swedenborgian memorabilia are speciﬁcally related to reveries or dreams. In Nerval’s interpolation, “Dreaming is a second life . . that separates us from the invisible world. It is an underground wave that gradually enlightens as one is removed little by little from the shadows and from the pale and mutely static ﬁgures who inhabit the realm of limbo. ” As did many of his contemporaries, whether attributing the popular idea that “Le monde des Ésprits s’ouvre pour nous” to Swedenborg or not, Nerval believed in the indestructibility of the Spirit.
The artistic result was Duchamp’s androgyne, in effect him/herself, “Rrose Sélavy” (see ﬁg. 20). As is recognized by scholars of Balzac’s once immensely popular mystical novel, he had derived the myth of the Androgyne from Swedenborg. In Seraphita, one reads: To poets and writers, [Swedenborgism] is inﬁnitely marvellous; to seers, it is all absolute truth. . By learning the correspondences, by which worlds are made to concur with the heavens, one comes to know about those correspondences which do exist between these visible and tangible things of this terrestrial world and those invisible and unfathomable things belonging to the spiritual world [choses invisibles et impondérables du monde spirituel].
9 With perhaps different nomenclature, the self-inﬂating idea—the Artist as Priest and Prophet—is still very much with us. ”10 This earnest performance by a radical avant-garde artist of his self-appointed messianic vocation, at least within twentieth-century art, is now a largely conventional manouver. It is also nothing new within the broader span of the history of art. Indeed, the provocative idea of God-like artistic creation appears to have been commonplace within classical literary theory.
Alchemist of the Avant-Garde: The Case of Marcel Duchamp by John F. Moffitt