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By John F. Moffitt

ISBN-10: 0791457109

ISBN-13: 9780791457108

A desirable booklet demonstrating the effect of alchemy and esoteric traditions at the mature paintings 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 satirically dégagé angle of "ready-made" art-making, Duchamp heralded the postmodern period and changed Pablo Picasso because the function version for avant-garde artists. John F. Moffitt demanding situations typically accredited interpretations of Duchamp's paintings and character through exhibiting that his mature paintings, after 1910, is basically drawn from the impression of the occult traditions. Moffitt demonstrates that the most important to figuring out the cryptic which means of Duchamp's various artistic endeavors and writings is alchemy, the main pictorial of all of the occult philosophies and sciences.

This leading edge paintings background is written in a full of life, distinct variety. very similar to a prosecuting lawyer's short, Alchemist of the Avant-Garde argues its case with documented ancient facts, no longer theoretical types. a desirable learn, Moffitt's paintings could be welcomed through artists, artwork enthusiasts, and all these drawn to the cultural background of the fashionable and postmodern eras.

“…this large and profound study is extremely informative, thought-provoking and horizon-broadening.” — AMBIX, magazine of the Society for the historical past 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 comprise him of their paintings heritage surveys to the authors of even fatter books approximately him. Moffitt's a prolific and extremely largely cultured writer, with specific services within the Renaissance and within the topic of forgery in addition to in these such a lot enigmatic of recent artists, Joseph Beuys and Marcel Duchamp. i will not 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 artwork historical past 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 suggestion: Estudios dispersos; artwork Forgery: The Case of the woman of Elche; the humanities in Spain; and Picturing Extraterrestrials: Alien Imagery in smooth Mass tradition. he's coauthor (with Santiago Sebastián) of O courageous New humans: the ecu Invention of the yank Indian.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Prosecuting the Duchamp Case
1. An Esoteric French youth 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 artwork, 1910–1912

5. Duchamp in long island with Esoteric consumers and the big Glass, 1915–1923
6. Alchemical Emblematics and the Ready-Mades, 1913–1923
7. The Esoteric Fourth size and legislation of likelihood, 1895–1923
8. The Circle Closes, 1923–1968
Epilogue: The Prosecution Rests

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Love of self and love of the world. [One who] focuses on worldly things only, since those appeal to his outward senses and gratify his inclinations, he does not focus on spiritual things since these appear to the inner senses and gratify the mind. . The ancient people behaved differently. 33 We shall see that European esotericists believe that the so-called ancient people were sensitives, clairvoyants, which moderns clearly are not— unless they are avant-garde artists. Although little discussed as such, this invidious comparison, one monotonously drawn even today between precivilized, superior, cosmic consciousness and modern, inferior materialism, is ubiquitous.

According to Saussure, social reality is conventionalized by an agreedupon system of collective norms that organize essentially subjective representations of the world. Representations give meaning to disparate communicative acts. Saussure’s evolving theories led him to postulate the future existence of a “science of signs,” one which long afterward would become emblematic of postmodernist thought: semiology. As was only briefly suggested in Saussure’s posthumously published Cours de linguistique générale (1916), he had earlier received the first glimmerings of “a science which would study the life of signs within society.

Mesmer explained in his Mémoire sur la découverte du magnétisme animal that Animal magnetism is a fluid universally diffused; it is the medium of a mutual influence between the heavenly bodies, the earth, and animated bodies; it is everywhere continuous, so as to leave no void. Its subtlety admits of no comparison; it is capable of receiving, propagating, communicating all the impressions of motions. . The actions and the virtues of animal magnetism may be communicated from one body to another, animate and inanimate.

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