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The Lost Language of Things.
A History of the Still Life.
Editorial Director: Laurence Bertrand Dorléac
Editorial Staff: Carole Giry, Milena Glicenstein and Cécile Pichon-Bonin
Translator: David Ames Curtis
In studying the status of things over the long term, Amaru Lozano-Ocampo lay stress on the transition from the mysticism of the classical age to the secular world of modernity. According to him, the still lifes of the seventeenth century would be the ultimate testimony to a religious sensibility inherited from the Middle Ages. He insists, nevertheless, on the import of the readymades of Marcel Duchamp, who, in 1913, removed a thing from its strictly aesthetic or functional dimension in order to reintroduce into art the notion of invisibility. He reminds us that, for a certain number of artists, from Francisco de Zurbarán to Duchamp, everything, even a thing, becomes a subject that repopulates the universe.