Antonin Artaud

” Over tien jaar word ik begrepen (…),
dan zal men mijn geisers kennen,
mijn ijsspiegels zien,
men zal geleerd hebben mijn giffen onschadelijk te maken,
(Antonin Artaud
in Navel der Onderwereld)

untitled 1948 graphite on paper 65x50cm.

ANTONIN ARTAUD (1896-1848)
= my favorite artist

Margit Rowell in “Antonin Artaud, works on paper”:
” Few graphic expressions in the twentieth centyry show the power and authentic inner necessity seen in the drawings of Antonin Artaud. Executed between 1937 and early 1948, years when Artaud was mostly confined in various psychiatric institutions in France or under medical supervision, these drawings are no more the creation of an alienated personality than is the prolific outpouring of written expression that he produced simultaniously and for which he is internationally celebrated.”

Glenn D. Lowry in ” Antonin Artaud, works on paper”:
“Best known for his “Theater of Cruelty”, a project based on his vision of cruelty as truth and as a transforming experience, Artaud was also an accomplished artist whose drawings record the harrowing images that populated his mind.
…  Highly charged and expressive, as intense as they are personal, these strange incantations and spells, fragmented images and penetrating portraits offer a glimpse of Artauds world.
…  The sheer visual force of these drawings, with their rubbed surfaces, burn marks, smears, and staccato bursts of line and colour, distinguishes them from the work of other artists and reveals his unique voice.”


Portrait of Jany de Ruy (2 july 1947) graphite and wax crayon (65x50cm)


La page de droite du cahier no: 310 est occupée par un portrait de femme. La phrase écrite en haut à gauche est la suite d’un texte commencé au recto du feuillet 10:
“Car pourquoi mange-t-on / des produits de son propre corps / ils sortent / la terre les mûrit / on les cuit / on les mâche / on les déglutit / on les avale / on les digère / on les assimile / on en fait de la merde / on les pourrit / on les rechie”

zie: potlood op papier
zie: Camus

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