Claude Debussy’s and Odilon Redon’s Art in the Context of Henri Bergson’s Philosophy of Time


In this paper the author attempts to compare the special model of the world arising on pages of H. Bergson’s texts, with models of C. Debussy’s and O. Redon’s art worlds. These masters have most brightly embodied the new mental features in the French music and the fine arts at the turn of the 19th and the 20th centuries, as Bergson — in the French philosophy of the same period. Basic concepts of Bergson’s philosophy — «the vital impulse» (élan vital) and «pure duration» (la durée) give a new key to understanding of properties of Debussy’s and Redon’s art and allow to conceive in a new fashion a category of art time, and also form and material parameters in creativity of the named masters.