Essay on Jean-Sebastien Bach and Brueghel the Elder
1983 • 51 pages • Price : 15 €

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Artistic activity is not an illusion or a drug but an authentic relationship to the world and a keener perception of reality. Art is as a magnifying glass that enables one to decipher a text which had existed long before but was ill perceived. Consequently when the relationship is restored, reconciliation is bound to cure selfishness, greed and war, and advocate disengagement, moderation, contemplation and therefore exert a moral and political action.
Thus Brueghel's Dark day presents a cosmic vision of the world embracing several viewpoints at different times. All in all it is God's viewpoint and it gives man a modest place. In the same way Bach, in the adagio of sonata BWV 1018 or the largo of sonata 1017 for violin and harpsichord, presents simultaneously and without ostentation or anthropocentrism two derelicted voices, another tinged with serenity and another very playful. This construct or poesy conveys the sense of a presence that saves one from purposed evil doing.
Yet controversy is not far because contemplation cannot remain passive and it raises contestation from those who are shut up within themselves and negate the world's beauty saying: Being is my being. And the author introduces himself humorously under the features of Mad Margret by Brueghel the Elder, surrounded by his junk and shooing away all the devils that spring from the mouth of the Paris intelligentsia!

René Garrigues makes an assault on all the devils that spring from the mouth of the Paris intelligentsia and whirls his Damocles' sword above the "head" of a famous intellocrat.
(After Mad Margret by Brueghel the Elder.)

Brueghel's the Elder's Dark day
1,63m x 1,18m
Kunsthistorisches Museum

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