By Michel Henry
Michel Henry used to be one of many best French philosophers of the 20th century. His a number of works of philosophy are all prepared round the subject matter of existence. not like the medical figuring out of lifestyles as a organic strategy, Henry's philosophy develops a belief of existence as a right away feeling of one's personal dwelling.
Seeing the Invisible marks Henry's so much sustained engagement within the box of aesthetics. via an research of the existence and works of Wassily Kandinsky, Henry uncovers the philosophical value of Kandinsky's revolution in portray: that summary paintings unearths the invisible essence of lifestyles. Henry indicates that Kandinsky separates colour and line from the restrictions of noticeable shape and, in so doing, conveys the invisible depth of existence. greater than only a research of paintings historical past, this booklet provides Kandinsky as an artist who's engaged within the venture of portray the invisible and therefore deals valuable methodological clues for Henry's personal phenomenology of the invisible.
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Those phenomena are what's to be grasped, even if they slip away as is the case in physics. despite no matter what development it will probably make with its more and more tricky tools, this information by no means really arrives at its target and not will. This failure isn't really as a result of the nonetheless provisional nature of its obtained effects that are destined to get replaced by way of different extra exhaustive ones. The area during which technology operates moves its firm a priori with an insurmountable ﬁnitude. simply because its item is ‘external’ and its being is opened up on the planet, it in simple terms offers us with a piece of exteriority, a floor on which the gaze slides with no each with the ability to input into the internal of the article. this is why this factor has no inside, since it isn't really constituted as interiority. research, dissection, microscopic and microphysical research due to more and more complicated instruments will in basic terms show new ‘objects’ and new ‘aspects’ which are both impenetrable to the regard. The regard will in basic terms be led from one to a different indeﬁnitely, till the particle absolutely disappears, giving approach to digital debris, new ‘objects’ that are not these of instinct, despite the fact that ﬂeeting it can be, yet an insignificant notion or estimate. paintings opens us to wisdom of a wholly varied nature: it's a wisdom with out item. existence is its ontological milieu, a lifestyles which embraces itself completely with out ever setting apart from itself and with out being put in entrance of itself like an item. We stated that no course results in existence apart from existence itself. One needs to stand inside existence so that it will achieve entry to it; one needs to commence from existence. Kandinsky simply confirmed us the purpose of departure for painting—it is an emotion, a extra excessive mode of lifestyles. The content material of artwork is that this emotion. the purpose of paintings is to transmit it to others. the data of paintings develops completely inside lifestyles; it's the right circulation of existence, its circulate of progress, of experiencing itself extra strongly. 18 THE that means OF ‘ABSTRACT’ it's because paintings regularly expresses excessive varieties of lifestyles, for instance, these which Kandinsky inspires in Moscow while he says, ‘I have in simple terms painted Moscow my complete life’. this is often additionally why paintings isn't an imitation, the information of a pre-established truth or a pre-existing version through which one will be guided. as the content material that portray seeks to specific is lifestyles, paintings is positioned inside of a means of turning into. It belongs to and coincides with the force of Being inside of us. paintings has the duty of assisting and sporting it to the extraordinary element, to this ‘paroxysm of life’, the place existence stories itself by itself foundation, within which it's misplaced during this ‘impossible happiness’ that Kandinsky calls ‘ecstasy’. those that input the trail of artwork will therefore by no means pass towards a fact exterior to oneself, in the direction of which one may possibly go back as a strong being present independently from oneself. no matter if one is familiar with it or no longer, one has made a call of constituting oneself because the position of the coming of this fact, of giving one’s personal substance and ﬂesh to be able to be its ﬂesh—the ﬂesh of lifestyles, which can't be whatever however the lifetime of the person and its maximum measure of fulﬁlment.