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Autre chose en Orient

Abstract : “I need something that changes me... I am bored with myself, with my painting, with my studio, with what’s drummed into us over and over again here... It seems to be that I am made for something else.” These words, borrowed from the Orientalist painter Coriolis in the Goncourt brothers’ novel Manette Salomon (1867), may serve to sum up many people’s desires to go on a voyage. In this “something else,” it could be that things have their role to play—even though, as Nicolas Bouvier later recommended in L’Usage du monde, the “virtue” of a voyage “is to purge life before garnishing it.” And it is indeed from this angle, that of a “cleared” [dégarni] inner path, that travel studies examine the subject. And yet, as has recently been highlighted in part by the 2014 Objects in Painting, Souvenir of Morocco exhibition at the Eugène Delacroix Museum, the presence of things is essential for one to find “something else.”
Mots-clés : art orientalisme Orient chose
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Christine Peltre. Autre chose en Orient. Arts & Sociétés, 2016. ⟨hal-03434911⟩



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