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Les imaginaires mythiques du métal et leurs survivances : un exemple d'intermatérialité artistique

Abstract : In a context of artistic production where the diversity of plastic form is widely increasing, this thesis offersto go back to a material and practical approach of the latter, and more specifically of metal sculpturespresented by artists from the beginning of the 20th century. The analysis of the metallic matter whichcomposes these modern and contemporary works will, throughout this research, be operated through thelens of the different imaginaries animating and pervading it. Those imaginaries, coming from such variedhorizons as Ancient Greek, Roman or Scandinavian mythologies, the popular mythology of the IndustrialRevolution or even literature and Science Fiction cinema, will serve as vectors allowing to bring forwardthe different characteristics and various uses of metals in the contemporary art world. The intrinsic linkbetween the physical attributes of metal, the oneirism it conveys, and the way it re-surfaces in sculptureswill be at the core of the present study.The analysis of metal imaginaries and their artistic legacy calls for a pluri-disciplinary scientific research.It starts with a historical approach of the birth and evolution of metallurgy, the myths and the consequentcreations it has generated (I). With the industrial revolution, these metallic dreams have evolved and causeda deep metamorphosis of plastic and semantic qualities of metallic artworks (II). Finally, in the last days ofpost-modernism, either utopian or dystopian vistas are emerging to question the relations between man andthe metallic matter, and these contemporary enquiries will be this work’s last point of focus (III).Throughout the research, the running question of intermateriality (owing to the pre-existing model ofintermediality) – meant to reveal the essential relationship between matters – will be developed, questionedand illustrated simultaneously.
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Hippolyte Pages. Les imaginaires mythiques du métal et leurs survivances : un exemple d'intermatérialité artistique. Art et histoire de l'art. Université Toulouse le Mirail - Toulouse II, 2018. Français. ⟨NNT : 2018TOU20088⟩. ⟨tel-02476121⟩

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