DECODING GASTON BACHELARD’S WORDS ON MARC CHAGALL’S ART AND CERAMICS

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This article aims to analyse the 3rd part of Gaston Bachelard’s article, “Les Origines de la Lumière”, in which the French philosopher and epistemologist was particularly interested in Marc Chagall’s ceramics. Though short, this last section of the aforesaid article revealed 3 essential issues on and by which Bachelard conveyed his thought about his friend’s art through his words. The first aspect consists in Bachelard’s absolute admiration for Chagall. The author insisted on the artist’s mastery in ceramics as the figures became genuinely alive. In addition, he praised Chagall’s oeuvre that he implied as precious as the antique sculptures. Moreover, Bachelard asked people to see Chagall’s ceramics so that they would engender the pleasure to the eyes. Secondly, the splendor of Bachelard’s metaphorical language is to be raised here. His vocabularies concern especially light and flame. Not only they correspond to the process of making ceramics but they could also be interpreted profoundly. Besides, references to the Bible are clearly used as Chagall was compared to Noah, a patriarch, a predestined one and even God. Finally, throughout the text, Bachelard actually explained what Chagall’s art truly was. According to the author, personal memories and experiences, the Bible, and La Fontaine’s Fables gave Chagall subject matter to create artistically. Furthermore, Chagall’s philosophy, too, was the core of his art as Bachelard insinuated that the immortality, the joy of seeing, and the reveries belong to his reasoning.  This article aims to analyse the 3rd part of Gaston Bachelard’s article, “Les Origines de la Lumière”, in which the French philosopher and epistemologist was particularly interested in Marc Chagall’s ceramics. Though short, this last section of the aforesaid article revealed 3 essential issues on and by which Bachelard conveyed his thought about his friend’s art through his words. The first aspect consists in Bachelard’s absolute admiration for Chagall. The author insisted on the artist’s mastery in ceramics as the figures became genuinely alive. In addition, he praised Chagall’s oeuvre that he implied as precious as the antique sculptures. Moreover, Bachelard asked people to see Chagall’s ceramics so that they would engender the pleasure to the eyes. Secondly, the splendor of Bachelard’s metaphorical language is to be raised here. His vocabularies concern especially light and flame. Not only they correspond to the process of making ceramics but they could also be interpreted profoundly. Besides, references to the Bible are clearly used as Chagall was compared to Noah, a patriarch, a predestined one and even God. Finally, throughout the text, Bachelard actually explained what Chagall’s art truly was. According to the author, personal memories and experiences, the Bible, and La Fontaine’s Fables gave Chagall subject matter to create artistically. Furthermore, Chagall’s philosophy, too, was the core of his art as Bachelard insinuated that the immortality, the joy of seeing, and the reveries belong to his reasoning. 

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กิติสกลก. (2017). DECODING GASTON BACHELARD’S WORDS ON MARC CHAGALL’S ART AND CERAMICS. Institute of Culture and Arts Journal, 19(1 (37), 9-16. Retrieved from https://www.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/jica/article/view/105606
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