Pedro Meira Monteiro

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Passions

Le Brun’s passionate drawings strike me as being at once actual and imaginary.
What if we think of passions in its archaic sense? What if, instead of a desire that originates in the autonomous subject, a “passion” is seen as a movement of the soul that is independent of our own will?
If we look closely, in Le Brun’s depiction of passions we find a drama that claims the face, or rather, a drama that makes itself known through the contorted features of a face subjugated by a concrete external force.