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Title :

The autobiographer as critic : the art writings of Michel Leiris, c. 1922-1989

Author :
KELLY, Julia Alexandra ;
University :
Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Examines the art writings of Leiris and the relationship between him and the artists he knew. Addresses the meaning and character of Leiris's often dense and obscure writings, and places them within the context of other critical writings by poets, such ases Dupin. Also uses Leiris's other writings - autobiographical novels, aesthetic meditations, poetry and diary notes, in order to elucidate his particular perspective as a viewer of, and writer upon, the visual arts. The thesis consists of five case-studies of the artists most important to Leiris : Picasso, Miró, Masson, Giacometti and Francis Bacon. In each case it traces the chronological development of Leiris's critical writings on these artists, as well as examining the impact of Leiris upon their work and upon their conceptions of their own artistic identity, as expressed through their writings, interviews and letters. Beyond the contextual specificities of each of Leiris's pieces of art writing, fleshes out a Leirisian aesthetic, which is examined above all in relation to 'dissident' surrealism and to the work of Georges Bataille. Posits the importance of Leiris's particular approach to art works and art writing, characterised above all by his understanding and application of a principle of autobiography. ;
Pagination/Size :
357 ; 357 p., [150] p. of pl.; 150 ill. (some col.); typescript ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Art ; Autobiographie ; Bacon, Francis, 1909-1992 ; Critiques d'art ; Ecrits ; France ; Giacometti, Alberto, 1901-1966 ; Grande-Bretagne ; Leiris, Michel, 1901-1990 ; Littérature d'art ; Masson, André, 1896-1987 ; Miró, Joan, 1893-1983 ; Picasso, Pablo, 1881-1973 ; Thèse ; 1900-2000 ;
Descriptors :
Art ; Art critics ; Art literature ; Autobiography ; Bacon, Francis, 1909-1992 ; Dissertations ; France ; Giacometti, Alberto, 1901-1966 ; Great Britain ; Leiris, Michel, 1901-1990 ; Masson, André, 1896-1987 ; Miró, Joan, 1893-1983 ; Picasso, Pablo, 1881-1973 ; Writings ; 1900-2000 ;
Document type :
Thèses ;
INIST identifier :
24999930 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;