Lecture | Satish Padiyar on Fragonard, Temporality, and Suprises

Posted in lectures (to attend) by Editor on April 14, 2016


Maurice Blot, after Jean Honoré Fragonard, Le Verrou (The Bolt, or The Lock), etching, second state, sheet: 41.8 × 49 cm, image: 36.8 × 45 cm (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1974.652). Fragonard’s painting is in The Louvre.

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Satish Padiyar, Surprises: Fragonard and Temporality
The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, 21 April 2016

Arguably, Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732–1806) was a painter at odds with late-eighteenth-century bourgeois notions of progressive time and the Enlightenment concept of historical and material progress. In this talk, Satish Padiyar asks how Fragonard marks time and what is the time and the timing of his quasi-expressionist marks.

In an oeuvre eminently about love, it is the particular moment of ‘surprise’ that Fragonard obsessively returns to: a moment of temporal suspense in which the human subject is taken by storm and which resurrects a quasi-infantile sense of un-control and openness to the unexpected. Through the “spontaneous gesture” (Winnicott), Fragonard seeks to throw the subject outside the received norms of time and social courtesies. The surprise attack characterizes both his technical audacity and his psychology of love, corporeal attraction and violence. Thursday, 21 April 2016, 6:00pm, Institute of Fine Arts, Lecture Hall, New York University, 1 East 78th Street.

Satish Padiyar is a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Fine Arts and Senior Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century European Art at The Courtauld Institute of Art.

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The lecture is scheduled to be live-streamed.

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