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  • [1922]

    Tableau vivant is mise en scène of a picture, hence not true-to-life but to some picture. Somebody want take your photo you prepare yourself and what would that be but pose appropriately for photo not yet taken. A tableau vivant prior to, and post factum of some picture much the same. True to life lost in circle of mise en scène.

  • [1923]

    Arranging still life, is it preparing picture in advance of depiction? An arrangement made to resemble still life to be made from it?


    Idea of depiction influencing setup. Landscape turns slightly twisted when idea of depicting it turns up in some mind. Perception psychologist James J.Gibson found it necessary to conceive of primitive mutuality inherent of perception, his exploration focusing on concept of 'affordance'. James J.Gibson right Gunnar Johansson left. Uppsala University seminar 60s or 70s.

  • [1925]

    Set, is place where double life of tableau vivant organized as social event.


    Bulky presence of impersonators of a tableau vivant, tend to kill more than illuminate the scene of a painting. Was not until the Le Nain brothers applied the mise-en-scène concept to painting: “the arrangement of actors and scenery on a stage for a theatrical production” (Merriam-Webster) that picture understanding took a direction familiar ever since. The Le Nain brothers knew not what they were doing or would not have attained what they did: prepare painting to coalesce with set-and-scene of tomorrow theater

    Theatre is first and foremost Zustand, not acts of action. Although painting cannot but freeze movement, need not suggest some state of immobility but indeed: movement. In fact, painting does not exclude action at all i.e. until people arrange themselves like in a painting, which precisely excludes what paintings are and suggest. Here is where the Le Nain brothers enter: penetrate the dynamics of Zustand as articulated on stage. Not paralleled since ancient tragedy but filtered/projected on/through invisible fourth wall of the new theatre, as apart from passing through lens-of-eye of Greek theatre

    die Verfassung oder Lage, in der sich jmd. oder etwas zu einem Zeitpunkt befindet, und die bestimmte Eigenschaften hat in einem verwahrlosten Zustand sein, im Zustand geistiger Verwirrung, im Zustand des Verfalls, Sein Zustand hat sich gebessert. In seinem Zustand braucht er dringend einen Arzt/Urlaub.
    The Free Dictionary by Farlex


    The tableau vivant translates a picture scene to stage production while an embedded tableau vivant other way round: presents a performance on stage as picture presentation. Watteau got it from Le Nain

    The embedded tableau vivant provides frame-of-reference, to games people play, where everything is what it is yet not at all

    Games-people-play start in no play at all viz. in state of uncertainty where people are neither individuals, persons or identities, but stripped down to their eigenstate

    : a state of a quantized dynamic system (such as an atom, molecule, or crystal) in which one of the variables defining the state (such as energy or angular momentum) has a determinate fixed value
    Merriam-Webster (italics by this author)


    Do not pinch my arm remind me be in audience whereas embedded tableau vivant reminds theatricality permeates even everyday life. Le Nain and Watteau.


    Embedded tableau vivant expose anxiety. Opposite to Passio. Former induces latter reduces separation.


    Posing and modelling. Forced stillness about tableau vivant simple reason people pose figure of still. Same enforced stillness sensed the embedded tableau vivant but then models pose themselves disturbing act of impersonation. Le Nain brothers happened pioneer this understanding of modeling for picture. His farmers pose as farmers heartrending but rich source of complications without which art would be blind. CfVermeer same time period no enforced stillness of posing model posing but stillness of unruffled flow from dawn to dusk exclude impersonation.


    Titian solid exhibit of Venus embedded in Manet Olympia in peace with ease to which added layer of Le Nain Farmers made exhibits of silenced farmers. Nobody expect portrait talk but eyes do when they always do. Carl Theodor Dreyer The Passion of Joan of Arc1928. Without excuse or inhibition listened to because stripped naked. Cf Shakespeare act out language completely free inventive why we listen. Does not mean set free far from. Totally trapped but not in language. Façade and mask of staging not where life but arts tend to happen. What Manet tried find his way back beyond acting and masking equals modelling where eyes with voice. Where just you and me and nobody else excluded. Nudity in stead of subjugation why Duchamp mise à nu same quest.