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Podro, M. (1990). 'The Landscape Thinks itself in Me.' the Comments and Procedures of Cezanne. Int. R. Psycho-Anal., 17:401-408.

(1990). International Review of Psycho-Analysis, 17:401-408

'The Landscape Thinks itself in Me.' the Comments and Procedures of Cezanne

Michael Podro

SUMMARY

Both the painting and the reported conversations of Cézanne suggest some connexions with psychoanalytic thought, particularly that of Marion Milner. The connexions are not a matter of individual biography but of the way, in general, painter and viewer are involved in a sense of the art of painting.

Cézanne's conversations emphasize the restraint and responsiveness which distinguishes pictorial from ordinary, non-pictorial, perception. In his paintings recognition of the depicted motif is sustained within numerous non-literal relations which that motif, when looked at for the purposes of painting, suggest to him. Sustaining those relations in turn amplifies and permeates recognition of the motif.

The viewers' initial recognition of the motif is a condition of their responding to those non-literal suggestions, the appropriateness of their responding is tested by their relevance to that recognition. This yields an intimacy between the subjectivity of viewer and the painting that corresponds to Milner's notion of the artist's delight in his medium and the viewer's capacity to share in it.

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