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By Michel Henry

Michel Henry was once one of many top French philosophers of the 20th century. His a variety of works of philosophy are all geared up round the subject matter of lifestyles. unlike the medical realizing of existence as a organic method, Henry's philosophy develops a notion of lifestyles as a right away feeling of one's personal dwelling.
Seeing the Invisible marks Henry's so much sustained engagement within the box of aesthetics. via an research of the existence and works of Wassily Kandinsky, Henry uncovers the philosophical value of Kandinsky's revolution in portray: that summary paintings finds the invisible essence of lifestyles. Henry indicates that Kandinsky separates colour and line from the limitations of obvious shape and, in so doing, conveys the invisible depth of existence. greater than only a examine of artwork heritage, this booklet offers Kandinsky as an artist who's engaged within the undertaking of portray the invisible and therefore bargains useful methodological clues for Henry's personal phenomenology of the invisible.

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It turns into a merely magical presence ahead of issues and phrases. In each of its modulations and inflections, what emerges within the sound is the invisible content material of existence, the gradual arousal of wish and the painful historical past of the voice. the second one instance can be circulate. we're now not in a position to event stream in itself, because the mere Stroke (Trait), the natural truth of forty two THE DISCLOSURE OF PICTORIALITY springing forth and becoming a member of itself throughout the area it overcomes. ‘Lyric’ (1911), a recognized portray on the Rotterdam museum, restores the triumphant affirmation of this lightning-quick jump, the implosion of existence which basically turns into separated from itself via our illustration of it. an analogous strength is conveyed by means of the admirable ‘Romantic panorama’ in Munich, painted just a couple of days aside, the place 3 horsemen tumble down the slope in a space without any connection with an object—outside of the world—and who gallop off to this position the place there's no longer an item or an international, and the place circulation embraces itself with none Distance setting apart it from itself and has already and endlessly undone this distance. There are different, slower routine whose secret is hid by way of way of life. This secret may be disclosed through setting apart the sensible which means that's regularly tied to our job, insofar because it seems conducted with the intention to a undeniable finish. the nice fact of lifestyles is therefore published to us: existence basically likely obeys a international objective. it usually contains the cause of its motion inside of itself, since it is that this cause. even if it services with the obvious designs of deciding to buy a few virtue or removal a few hindrance, the final word motivation in the back of its attempt is the happiness that it stories throughout the event of its strength, that's finally to claim, in the course of the event of itself. but, the destruction of a lot of these reasons that supply constitution to our global is additionally the destruction of this international. circulate may be felt in its personal being, merely whilst the area has misplaced its strength. A 1912 textual content, notable for its readability and lucidity, indicates this: ‘A extremely simple circulate, whose function is unknown, produces of its personal accord a significant, mysterious, and solemn impression. This, only if one is ignorant of the exterior, useful objective of the move. Then it has the influence of a natural sound. an easy, concerted motion (e. g. getting ready to raise a heavy weight) produces, if its objective is unknown, an influence so significant, so mysterious and dramatic and awesome, that one involuntarily stops nonetheless as though within the presence of a imaginative and prescient, of existence upon one other airplane’ (204–5). The imaginative and prescient sought via paintings and what it offers us to consider or really to believe inside ourselves is strictly this magical imaginative and prescient of one other international— that's now not the realm, since it continually continues to be in this aspect of the spectacle and not indicates itself on the planet. The imaginative and prescient of the invisible is the invisible changing into aware of itself in us, exalting itself, and speaking its pleasure to us.

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