Double Emotion


Charles Le Brun catalogs facial expressions: he raises eye-brows, lowers corners of lips, wrinkles foreheads…; once the whole range is exhausted, he complicates things; his idea of complexity is double emotion: Here we can examine admiration and astonishment, for according to Rene Descartes, there is no one without the other. In awe the daughter of King Darius stares at the man who has vanquished her father. No doubt Alexander the Great merits astonishment and admiration; but I am not convinced that Roxan’s face wouldn’t be able to cover other passions,  for I too bear witness to some double emotions; the expressions worn to sit on a toilet are frequently recycled to show me the depth of feelings.

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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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