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Technologies of Critique$
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Willy Thayer

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780823286744

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823286744.001.0001

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Manet: The Kant of Painting

Manet: The Kant of Painting

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(p.38) 14 Manet: The Kant of Painting
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Technologies of Critique
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Willy Thayer

, John Kraniauskas
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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823286744.003.0014

This chapter illustrates how Immanuel Kant questioned the condition of possibility not only of this or that knowledge but of the frame of all possible knowledge that is in play in the notion of possibility itself. It talks about critique in painting that would consequentially consist not in painting something that would add painting to the already painted by painting, but rather in interrogating in painting how the painting that is possible is possible. The person who repeated the Kantian critical operation in painting, according to Clement Greenberg, is Édouard Manet. With Manet, the chapter describes the neutral vertical and horizontal spatiality of the canvas that the tradition erased by constructing a fallen pyramid remerges. It also mentions Manet's painting called “Music in the Tuileries” that privileges the strong lines and vertical axes that are represented by some trees.

Keywords:   Immanuel Kant, critique, painting, Kantian critical operation, Clement Greenberg, Édouard Manet, Music in the Tuileries

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