Monday, 15 March 2010

painter stainer

An interesting little account of the Painter Stainers was written in 1880 by Mr. G. C. Crace, then Master, and printed for private circulation. He reminds us that a picture on canvas was formerly called a stained cloth, as one on a panel was a table, perhaps from the French tableau.

Lacan conceives the gaze as the subject's objective correlative, a material correlative to the master signifier at the core of a symbolic identification. Subverting the distinction between inside and outside, it describes the point in a tableau from which the subject's gaze is returned, the point where a viewer is "hooked onto" a picture without being able to assume the position of a neutral observer.

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