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Foucault on Painting$
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Catherine M. Soussloff

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781517902414

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9781517902414.001.0001

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(p.1) Preface
Foucault on Painting

Catherine M. Soussloff

University of Minnesota Press

This transformation of one’s self by one’s own knowledge is, I think, something rather close to the aesthetic experience. Why should a painter work if he is not transformed by his own painting?

MICHEL FOUCAULT, “An Ethics of Pleasure,” in Foucault Live (Interviews, 1961–1984)

In 1982 when Michel Foucault (1926–1984) spoke to an interviewer about the transformative effects of his writing on his being or existence, he compared himself to a painter. As Foucault well knew, the transformation of the self through one’s creation had a history in art theory that extended as far back as the late 1400s in Italy....

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