The grotesque in art and literature. The Grotesque in Western Art and Culture: The Image at Play 2019-02-18

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The Grotesque in Western Art and Culture: The Image at Play

the grotesque in art and literature

But instead of embracing the violence of the needle and the victory over matter—instead of making the artistic creation and figuration express a heroic mastery of the background it is made out of—Lage uses the stroke to express the very tension between stroke and material, figuration and background. In Shakespeare's , the figure of has inspired more nuanced reactions than simple scorn and disgust. Just as the etchings down into the metal-plate makes something appear. A writer that needs to be mentioned in this category is. To the extent that the figures constituting the ornamental grotesques of this period are gendered, they are, in fact, predominantly feminine—for instance, with representations of harpies, sphinxes, mermaids with fish or vegetal tail , and female monsters displayed frontally with open goat legs. I found Kayser's almost psychological view of the grotesque quite surprising: it seems that grotesque is grotesque only when it's new and unknown, and when you get used to it, its grotesqueness fades. Modern novels, modern paintings and sculpture are replete with grotesque features.

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The Grotesque in Art and Literature: Theological Reflections

the grotesque in art and literature

In other words, it has to pull in two directions at once. As an art critic once wrote, he can almost paint things away. Obvious examples would include the physically deformed and the mentally deficient, but people with cringe-worthy social traits are also included. Most of all it is reminiscent of a shoreline which has found its form through the work of thousands of years between water and land. Those lines, at the same time, form the eyes of the figuration and scratch out the eyes of the figuration. Instead it implicitly points to the amorphous mass from which the signs and thereby meaning have been carved, the remnants that have been left behind.

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Shock horror: why art's so obsessed with the grotesque

the grotesque in art and literature

The Gothic tradition continues today in the works of such writers as Joyce Carol Oates and Julia Elliott. Er lässt sich treiben wie immer, als ginge ihn das alles nichts an. As with any body of scholarship, various schools of thought exist, and sometimes conflict, within it. The discussion begins with the debate over both the definition of the grotesque and theoretical approaches to understanding its meaning and importance for the late twentieth century. Not a book I would recommend for pleasure reading, but if you're interested in the subject matter it's not to be missed.

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Fantastic... The Grotesque

the grotesque in art and literature

The femininity of the grotesque could also have been elaborated through reflections on the relation between art and nature: the fusion of nature and artifice in the hybrid compositions of the grotesque is only mentioned in passing. For example the mouth consists of 8-10 horizontal strokes, of which some seem to be connected to each other as if the mouth has been quickly scratched out. At the same time though the work of art is heteronomous in the sense that it originates from a specific historical context and is bound to be what society is not. An interesting book about the history and traditions of grotesque. The resistance to them of otherness, on which they are nevertheless dependent compels them to articulate their own formal language, to leave not the smallest unformed particle as remnant. Though one is an author and the other a painter both seek a place where figuration, where the word, erodes. Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man.

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The Masters Review

the grotesque in art and literature

If you don't know the literature examples, the ideas are sometimes a bit hard to follow, but the book was still very nice to read. Modern novels, modern paintings and sculpture are replete with grotesque features. In his paintings the sensitive figuration seems so fragile that it is on the verge of turning into abstraction. The first appearance of the word grottesche appears in a contract of 1502 for the attached to the. Soon grottesche appeared in fine woodwork , in produced above all at from the late 1520s, then in book illustration and in other decorative uses.

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The grotesque in art and literature : theological reflections (Book, 1997) [cityraven.com]

the grotesque in art and literature

This way the grotesque expresses an awareness of the division of sign and reality and a search for this reality. The legitimization of this broad project lies in an understanding of the grotesque that has less to do with what the images look like style or what they represent iconography than with what they do, how they work, and what relationship they bring about in the space between image and beholder. It seeks outlines and edges. But she omits an explanation of why the ancient and medieval tradition is not part of the book, and she only sporadically points to distinctions between post-1500 grotesques and earlier centuries. Akin to the etching is the drawing, but while both, of course, use the stroke or line as their main instrument, the paper does not resist the line in the same sense as the metal-plate of the etching.

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Grotesque literature

the grotesque in art and literature

Grotesque literature - Grotesque literature Parents: - Related: - Connoisseurs: - The basic definition of the grotesque: the unresolved clash of incompatibles in work and response. By foregrounding this interaction, Connelly turns the grotesque into a constituent component of art since 1500, and she avoids reducing it to a specific formal quality that might or might not be present in an artwork. But by doing so it rejects its own basis: the tension between periphery and center is replaced by the attempt to create a new center, a new structure of meaning and truth. Notes on the grotesque sensibility have been written by in the introduction to and the contemporary grotesque in the visual arts has been explored by in. But even in such an interpretation of the drawing, the figuration appears artificial—it points to itself as the result of the artistic act of creation. Soon grottesche appeared in fine woodwork , in produced above all at from the late 1520s, then in book illustration and in other decorative uses.

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The Grotesque in Art and Literature by Wolfgang Kayser

the grotesque in art and literature

Romantic grotesque is far more terrible and sombre than medieval grotesque, which celebrated laughter and fertility. In order to avoid solidifying into form the work of art has to be an object which cannot be contained in thought or form—a non-form of form. The last vestiges of romance, such as the marvellous also provide opportunities for the presentation of the grotesque in, for instance, operatic spectacle. A couple of small circles serve as eyes and are the reason that the rest can be read as both face and body instead of pure abstraction. Therefore art works in a particular space between form and non-form.


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