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Le carnet de voyage : oeuvre en soi ?

Abstract : The ambition of this thesis is to elucidate the process that leads the traveller to produce a compilation of graphic and written notes, photographs and documents. If this production is to be carried out during the journey itself, the traveller must think about the materials that will be necessary to the execution of the work, to catch reality. But a certain form of mental preparation is also necessary. The images achieved by travelling artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Dürer, William Turner, Eugène Delacroix, Félix Ziem, Paul Gauguin, Zao Wou Ki and, more recently, Titouan Lamazou, Georges Wolinski, Michel Montigné, Bertrand de Miollis, Elsie Herberstein, Stéphanie Ledoux and Nicolas Jolivot, are loose-leaf or in albums, which set out specific strategies aimed at acquiring knowledge about an environment and its inhabitants. The study of the ways and the meanings of producing a travel sketchbook throws light on the spirit of artistic and spiritual inspiration which was the driving force of the work. Back in his or her workshop, the artist retrospectively organises his sketches in the light of his or her experience, thanks to technical and artistic means. The travel sketchbook has become popular because its small format encourages an individual freedom to express within the framework of a book, whether private or intended for disclosure. For some professional artists, this size, which is used and kept secretly at home, proves out to be a summary of sketches and discoveries that will provide material for works, which may be offered to the public. The travel sketchbook is also an accretion of rough drafts, technical demonstrations and insights into its author’s psychological depths. Paper, as a medium adapted to travel, stimulates artistic and literacy research. It is at once plane and volume, instrument and narrative, time and movement, work and achievement. The aim of this thesis is to demonstrate how the travel sketchbook by performing these functions, can give a holographic account of a journey, and can thus constitute a work of art in itself.
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Nadine Durand. Le carnet de voyage : oeuvre en soi ?. Art et histoire de l'art. Université Michel de Montaigne - Bordeaux III, 2017. Français. ⟨NNT : 2017BOR30061⟩. ⟨tel-01913594⟩

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