German art historian Max Imdahl suggests that Cézanne's artistic creation is not an activity of “imitating object”, but an activity of “producing object”. As early as the 1930s, German philosopher Martin Heidegger had already proposed in “The Origin of the Work of Art” that art was not an imitation of reality, but a production of reality. This paper takes the concept of “production” as an approach to understanding Heidegger's phenomenology of art, and focuses on his late thought on modern art, especially on the art of Paul Cézanne and Paul Klee. This paper intends to show a possible dialogue between Heideggers artistic thought and the modern art and art theory.


production, imitation, representation, making, event

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