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Arts & Societies - Letter of Seminar #91 - Charlotte Guichard

A former student at the École Normale Supérieure, Charlotte Guichard is a research fellow at the French National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS, French Institute of Modern and Contemporary History, Paris). Specializing in the art of the Age of Enlightenment, her work bears in particular on the history of the art market and collections, intercultural exchanges in the arts, the value of art, and the dialogue between Art History and the Social Sciences. She is the author of Les amateurs d’art à Paris au XVIIIe siècle (Champ Vallon, 2008); Graffitis. Inscrire son nom à Rome, XVe-XIXe siècles (Seuil, 2014), written when she was a boarder at Villa Médicis. She is currently preparing the publication of her new book, La griffe du peintre. Essai sur la signature dans le tableau (1730-1820).

Arts & Societies - Letter of Seminar #91 - Charlotte Guichard


Charlotte Guichard, "Materiality and Desire: A Brief Anthropology of the Picture" in Letter of Seminar, Arts and Societies, # 91, April 2017

Charlotte Guichard highlights everything that goes against the Kantian ideal. She is working on an anthropology of the picture by showing that art is also material and has what she calls its own preaesthetic regime. She lays stress on what vision by itself conceals: a whole world of gestures and practices, an entire material and tactile relationship with art. Doing so, she locates two distinct genealogies: an ideal approach and a trivial approach that comes from the studio, the room of the art lover, and an Age of the Enlightenment material philosophy of the subject and of forms of knowledge.


Laurence Bertrand Dorléac