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Gustave Marissiaux | La possibilité de l'art

Gustave Marissiaux | La possibilité de l'art

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ISBN: 9782871830290
Sizes: 22 x 28 cm
Pages: 112 | French edition
Cover: softcover
Publisher: Musée de la Photographie à Charleroi | 1997
Gustave Marissiaux, pictorial photographer based in Liège, is especially known for his fascinating series on the universe of the mines, made in 1905 on behalf of the coal companies. However, we have to link this assignment to the entire production of the photographer, which extends from 1895 to 1918. His symbolist accents are expressed in landscapes bathed in mist, in sober studies of faces, nudes in colors which remember the painting of Ingres or Italian views, in Venice, in the cities of Tuscany and Umbria, in the footsteps of Corot.
The work can be explained in light of the aesthetics of pictorialism - more concerned with self-expression and form than with the mechanical reproduction of reality - as well as its historical context: give the dominant bourgeoisie the social representation it needs while its political and symbolic power is threatened by the workers' revolts, the introduction of universal suffrage, and the emergence of a ‘popular’ art par excellence: the cinema.
Marc-Emmanuel Mélon here reveals the major historical issues of what the painter Auguste Donnay called "the possibility of art" in photography.