If You Are a Libertine, It’s Probably Due to Your Temperament; Only in Paris It’s a Matter of Principles


1791. We are right in the middle of the French Revolution: in just a few months the royal heads will roll; meanwhile at the Salon Jean-Baptiste Regnault presents his painting Socrates Pulling Archibald Away from the Voluptuousness; and if we were to take seriously the claims that the Revolution repudiates voluptuousness, there would be no problem: The French Revolution, of course, was often viewed as the reaction against the XVIII century sensuality; but the relationship is as entangled as Socrates there pulling his pupil away from the hot bed of vice. Baudelaire thought that the Revolution was made by the Libertines, and he was not alone. Today Philippe Sollers thinks that in the XVIII century a sexual revolution anticipated the political one; and so, if we were to analyze the auto-censorship of the French Revolution, we would have to say that before the political counter-revolution there is also the sexual one.

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About versaillesgossip, before and after Francis Ponge

The author of the blogs Versailles Gossip and Before and After Francis Ponge, Vadim Bystritski lives and teaches in Brest France. The the three main themes of his literary endeavours are humor, the French Prose Poetry, the French XVII and XVIII Century Art and History. His writings and occasionally art has been published in a number of ezines (Eratio, Out of Nothing, Scars TV, etc). He also contributes to Pinterest where he comments on the artifiacts from the Louvre and other collections. Some of his shorter texts are in Spanish, Russian and French.
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