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Recentring Peripheral Queerness and Marginal Art in Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, University of York, York YO1 7EP, UK
Humanities 2021, 10(2), 73; https://doi.org/10.3390/h10020073
Received: 10 February 2021 / Revised: 20 April 2021 / Accepted: 28 April 2021 / Published: 5 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Queer Culture and Literature in Eighteenth-Century Studies)
This essay examines the ways in which Céline Sciamma’s 2019 film Portrait de la Jeune Fille en Feu (Portrait of a Lady on Fire) looks to centralise onscreen homosexual experience through engagement with, and queering of, eighteenth-century art practices and the discourse surrounding them. From its reception of Ovid’s Metamorphoses to ideas espoused by the eighteenth-century art critic and philosopher Denis Diderot, Portrait looks to traditionally peripheral spaces, or edgelands, and the visual and embodied consequences of transcending them. Engaging closely with eighteenth-century processes of artmaking, the film transforms sketches on paper, paint applied to canvas and wood, miniatures held close to the body and erotica annotated in the margins into queer-coded sites used to reflect and document the developing relationship at its heart. View Full-Text
Keywords: queer; lesbian; portraiture; film; marginal; Diderot; French cinema; painting; artist; eighteenth century queer; lesbian; portraiture; film; marginal; Diderot; French cinema; painting; artist; eighteenth century
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Pelling, M. Recentring Peripheral Queerness and Marginal Art in Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019). Humanities 2021, 10, 73. https://doi.org/10.3390/h10020073

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