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Fried, M. (1980). Absorption and theatricality: Painting and beholder in the age of Diderot. Berkeley: University of California Press. 
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Resource type: Book
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 0-520-03758-8
BibTeX citation key: Fried1980a
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Categories: General, History
Keywords: Immersion, Presence, Presence (definition), Self-presence
Creators: Fried
Publisher: University of California Press (Berkeley)
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A discussion of the 18th century French philosopher and art critic Denis Diderot's ideas of absorption within a painting.
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p.121   Discussing a painting by Jean-Baptiste Le Prince, Diderot states that it "puts you in the scene" but, rather than merely being an observer of the pastoral setting and musical absorption depicted in the painting, Diderot feels compelled to take part in and extend the action: "I shall go and sit next to the boy; and when night draws near, all three of us together will accompany the good old man to his hut". (Translation by Fried.)   Added by: sirfragalot
Keywords:   Immersion
p.127   Of paintings by Claude-Joseph Vernet, where Diderot imagines himself wandering through and extending the depicted landscape and activities: "Who knows how long I spent in that state of enchantment?" (translated by Fried).   Added by: sirfragalot
Keywords:   Immersion
p.130   According to Diderot, one forgets one's presence in front of the painting: one is in the painting and "that is the strongest magic of art" (translated by Fried).   Added by: sirfragalot
Keywords:   Immersion
pp.131-132   Diderot's views call for an obliteration of the beholder's presence in front of the painting and the transportation of "the beholder's physical presence" to within the painting. Beholder and painting become "a closed and self-sufficient system".   Added by: sirfragalot
Keywords:   Autopoiesis Immersion
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