Sunday 15 September 2019

Merleau-Ponty, Cézanne's Doubt

"Cézanne does not try to use color to suggest the tactile sensations which would give form and depth. These dis- tinctions between touch and sight are unknown in primordial perception. It is only as a result of a science of the human body that we finally learn to distinguish between our senses. The lived object is not rediscovered or constructed on the basis of the data of the senses; rather, it presents itself to us from the start as the center from which the data radiate. We see the depth, the smoothness, the softness, the hardness of objects; Cézanne even claimed that we see their odor."

The Luncheon on the Grass
, 1876-77

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