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The Pleasure in Drawing$
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Jean-Luc Nancy

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823250936

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823250936.001.0001

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Formative Force

Formative Force

(p.10) Formative Force
The Pleasure in Drawing

Jean-Luc Nancy

, Philip Armstrong
Fordham University Press

This section describes the concept of formative force in drawing and argues that drawing is the idea, the true form of the thing. More precisely, it is the gesture that arises from the desire to show this form and to trace it so as to reveal the form—but not to trace in order to show it as a form already received. Drawing designates the form or idea, but its “fait accompli” is not simply that of the thing’s monstration; it is the monstration of the form, idea, or thought. Also included in this section is a “Sketchbook” of quotations on art from Henri Matisse, Félix Ravaisson, René Char, Yves Bonnefoy, Max Loreau, and Pablo Picasso.

Keywords:   drawing, formative force, form, idea, René Char, Henri Matisse, art, Yves Bonnefoy, Max Loreau, Pablo Picasso

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