Le livre dans la peinture (2) – La lecture

Le livre dans la peinture (2) – La lecture

The book in painting (2) – Reading “In a bookshop, poetizes the Belgian writer Francis Dannemark, time does not pass.” “If God existed, he would be a library”,
writes the Italian Umberto Eco. Libraries, we saw in a
first part devoted to the book, are the ancestors of publishing houses, and it takes
specify that they were called “bookstores” in the middle Ages. The monument of French romanticism, Victor
Hugo, whose taste we have often been able to measure for historical references, posed
the question: “What is mankind since the origin of centuries? It is a reader. It has long spelled, it still spells;
soon he will read. ” Alfred de Vigny, who attended the Cenacle
romantic created around Victor Hugo, was less optimistic: “A book is a
bottle thrown into the open sea on which you must stick this label: Catch that
can”. For Franz Kafka, less Kafkaesque than usual,
“We should only read the books that bite and bite us. If the book we are reading does not wake up suddenly on the head, what is the point of reading it? ” Long before Kafka, for the philosopher Francis
Bacon, which should not be confused with the painter, it was up to the reader to bite: “He
there are books, he wrote, which must be only to taste, others to be devoured,
others finally, but in small numbers, that it you have to, so to speak, chew and digest. ” “I ask a book, wrote of his
side biologist Jean Rostand, to create in me the need for what it brings me. ” More lyrical, Louis Aragon declared “Never to have asked anything else for what he read than vertigo”. Agrippa d’Aubigné, including the baroque poem
Les Tragiques greatly inspired Victor Hugo, put it in other words: “We are
bored of books that teach, give us to move “. But the great German intellectual Goethe
was doubtful to say the least: “Some books seem to have been written, not for
educate us, but so that we know that the author had knowledge “. Yet Goethe vibrates with great enthusiasm
if we compare him to Paul Morand: “The great works are all revenge, masterpieces
are all revenge. I believe this is the iron law of the writers:
they only succeed in their books the extent that they missed their lives. ” Guy de Maupassant, whose novels were
in numbers suitable for cinema, watched the reading with a painter’s eye: “The eye,
think of him. He drinks the apparent life to nourish the
thought. He drinks the world, the color, the movement,
books, tables, everything beautiful and all that is ugly, and it makes it
ideas”. If we are to believe the moralist poet and
Christian Christian Bobin, “We read as we we like reading, we fall in love:
out of hope, out of impatience. Under the effect of a desire, under the invincible error
of such a desire: to sleep in a one body, touching silence in one
phrasing”. Supporter of a less contemplative vision
of reading, the traveling writer Sylvain Shard tells him “Convinced that the conversation
permanent with books has an efficiency at least as intense as the drugs. ” But let’s go back to the libraries and to Umberto
Eco: “The essential function of a library, wrote the immortal author of the Name of the rose,
is to encourage the discovery of books which the reader did not suspect existed and which will prove to be of capital importance to him. ” And we will leave the last word to iconoclasts
of the written thing that thought like the poet Stéphane Mallarmé, that “The world
is made to lead to a beautiful book. ” “Books, philosophized Paul Valéry, who
was his disciple and produced major essays on the painting, have the same enemies as
man: fire, wet, beasts, time; and their own content. ” For Alfred Jarry, who was one of the main
inspirers of the theater of the absurd, “The book is a large tree emerged from the tombs”. He thus responded to Proust, who saw
the book like a cemetery with graves that have become anonymous over time.

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  1. Magnifiques citations d'Aragon, Kafka, Eco, Mallarmé… Constituant un formidable panorama des enjeux remués par le livre et la chose littéraire !

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