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Bacon and Bergson on Time and Motion

Arya, Rina



The bearing of Bergsonian thought on Bacon{\textquoteright}s paintings has become apparent as a result of Deleuze{\textquoteright}s study, Francis Bacon: Logique de la sensation (1981). But aside from Deleuze{\textquoteright}s application, there is a lot to recommend constructing a parallel between Bacon and Bergson as figures in their own right. This article explores Bergson{\textquoteright}s approaches to temporality and the idea of immediate experience, and applies these to Bacon{\textquoteright}s oeuvre, especially with respect to the artist{\textquoteright}s antithetical views about an interpretation of narrative, the violence in his work and the phenomenology of the body.


Arya, R. (2015). Bacon and Bergson on Time and Motion. Visual culture in Britain, 16, 67--85.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2015-02
Deposit Date Apr 23, 2024
Journal Visual Culture in Britain
Print ISSN 1471-4787
Publisher Routledge
Volume 16
Pages 67--85
Keywords Bergson, body in motion, durée, experienced time, phenomenology of the body, spatio-temporal relations
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