Tableaux vivants. Da Diderot a Jeff Wall

Maddalena Mazzocut-Mis


From picture to photography and back. Tableau vivants, in their gestural synthetic dimension, represent for Diderot the apex of expression that the image can make explicit. Nothing closer to Wall’s poetics. His works show outstanding attention to detail: from scenic design to protagonists’ costumes, from light to actors’ action. And the result is exactly what Diderot saw in the eyes of people observing Chardin’s art: imagination at work.


aesthetics; tableaux vivants; photography; absorption

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