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Donatien Grau

DONATION GRAU is a member of New College, University of Oxford. He is an editor-at-large of Purple Fashion Magazine, a contributing editor of Flash Art International, and member of the editorial boards of the French publications Commentaire and La Règle du Jeu. The co-editor of the book series “Figures” with Grasset, he is the author of half a dozen books, including Tout contre Sainte-Beuve (Grasset, 2013) and Nèron en Occident (Gallimard, 2015). He has edited, published or contributed to over a hundred publications worldwide, in philosophy, the visual arts, literature, architecture, design, ancient history, and, in particular, ancient Roman numismatics.

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Not New, Not French, Not Theory

French Theory is no theory. It is a well-known fact that “Theory,” as in “French Theory,” is neither a theoretical endeavor nor a theoretical manifestation of thought. “Theory” as in “French Theory” has evidently little to do with Plato’s apex of human evolution: contemplation of the ideal form as such. In the Platonic sense, theory is the ultimate abstraction.

Theoretical Brutality: Cézanne And Gauguin

In his conversations with Emile Bernard, Paul Cézanne had very violent words about his fellow painter—someone who had actually been his friend for a while: Paul Gauguin.


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DEC 19-JAN 20

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