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In one of his Pensées, Blaise Pascal denounces the vanity of painting for claiming to reproduce reality. In an age dominated by works of art that privilege the process of production, Pascal’s statement seems rather outdated. However, this article aims to show to what extent Pascal’s thought still drives us to reflect upon the nature of art; more specifically, how it can be used as a contestation of art as objective representation, and how it connects to contemporary art through writings on art and translation theory.

Keywords: Blaise Pascal; art; interpretation; realism; resemblance; translation

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Queen’s University Belfast

Publication date: December 1, 2016

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