JOSEPHIN PELADAN PDF

An enormously prolific author with a vision for societal reform through art, he is usually consigned to a footnote or a few lines in scholarly overviews of Rosicrucianism or the French occult revival. Portrayed as an eccentric oddity, his defining characteristic is that of contradiction and paradox. During his lifetime he collaborated with some of the greatest figures in the modern esoteric canon, Gerard Encausse and Stanislas de Guaita. Making the invisible visible: that is the true purpose of art and its only reason for existence.

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An enormously prolific author with a vision for societal reform through art, he is usually consigned to a footnote or a few lines in scholarly overviews of Rosicrucianism or the French occult revival. Portrayed as an eccentric oddity, his defining characteristic is that of contradiction and paradox. During his lifetime he collaborated with some of the greatest figures in the modern esoteric canon, Gerard Encausse and Stanislas de Guaita.

Making the invisible visible: that is the true purpose of art and its only reason for existence. Addressing himself to all artists, he wrote:. His work developed in two parallel series; he would write a novel followed by an accompanying theoretical work — the former aimed at the public, the latter at the intellectual, or initiate.

Our aim is to tear love out of the western soul and replace it with the love of Beauty, the love of the Idea, the love of Mystery. We will combine in harmonious ecstasy the emotions of literature, the Louvre and Bayreuth. These initiates would then raise the souls of the masses to ecstasy through aesthetic bombardment, rather than subduing them by Machiavellian machinations, intoxicants, or soporifics. After that, Legends, Myths, Allegory, Dreams, the paraphrasing of great poets, and finally, all lyricisme.

The salon was a resounding success despite the disparate nature of some of the works. He was not particularly fond of ritual practice and disapproved of practical magic, rather considering that the artistic process was a supreme sacerdotal act.

The structure of his Rosicrucian order and his theoretical guide for artists reflect this. The second was art, a quest through beauty. The third was Theodicy, or the quest through thought. All of these elements came together in his aesthetic curriculum, based on esoteric principles. He further illustrates his point with reference to the painting of St. John the Baptist, once again in a first-person narrative:. I am the androgyne of forms … I am the announcer of the mysticism of Beauty, the mysticism of Art.

They angered Zeus by being too self-sufficient and powerful, and even going so far as to attack the gods, and so he gave them a lesson in humility by splitting them apart forever. Two main motifs stand out; although there are many worth exploring, these are best left for another time.

The first is the recurring representation of variations on the androgyne, whether as masculinized feminine forms or feminized masculine forms. To the contrary, he wrote other treatises on marital relationships, and suggested ways in which women could aspire to the Ideal Feminine, even if — in his view — they could never be equal to men.

It was coarseness, vulgarity and decadence he sought to eliminate, and through the constant creation and exhibition of these Ideal forms, he hoped to pave a way to return the soul to beauty and the innocence of Eden. In the other images we have various depictions of an androgynous feminine form, to varying degrees of subtlety.

In this painting by Jan Toorop [The Sphinx] we see a fusion of the androgyne with the Sphinx, the second key recurrent motif. Edouard Schure succinctly explains the esoteric significance of the Sphinx, which he saw as the supreme symbol of ancient Egypt and the mystery of Nature. It teaches him the secret of evolution and the secret of bliss […] he knows that one day he will reconstitute his original unity.

You have disobeyed Tradition. His changed demeanour after this period was not enough to salvage his reputation, and though he continued to write, the autobiographical elements of his novels reveal his despair at having failed in his mission. He died a broken, and forgotten man. His novels enjoyed a new-found popularity in Germany after his death. Dantinne, p. Appendix, fig, 9.

XCI no. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. John the Baptist, once again in a first-person narrative: I am the androgyne of forms … I am the announcer of the mysticism of Beauty, the mysticism of Art. Leave a Reply Cancel reply.

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Thousands of visitors passed through, uncertain whether they were witnessing a colossal breakthrough or a monumental joke. The spell wore off quickly. He is now known mainly to scholars of Symbolism, connoisseurs of the occult, and devotees of the music of Erik Satie. The show occupies one of the tower galleries, in rooms painted oxblood red, with furniture of midnight-blue velvet.

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Joséphin Péladan

Beginning its journey with Aristotle and the pre-Socratics, science passed to the medieval and renaissance alchemists, traveled through Rosicrucianism, crystallized in the Royal Society and the Age of Reason characterized by mechanistic thought — the darkest time for holism. Now it is returning full circle. How are we to understand who he really was, and what he really achieved, if, as we shall discover, the legend is largely a libel? An enormously prolific author with a vision for societal reform through art, he is usually consigned to a footnote or a few lines in scholarly overviews of Rosicrucianism or the French occult revival. Portrayed as an eccentric oddity, his defining characteristic is that of contradiction and paradox.

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His father was a journalist who had written on prophecies, and professed a philosophic-occult Catholicism. The novel went through several printings. Encausse, who went by the pseudonym "Papus", was a Spanish-born French physician and occultist who had written books on magic , Kabbalah and the Tarot. The Rosicrucian Order is a legendary and secretive Order that was first publicly documented in the early 17th century. Guaita's Rosicrucian Order provided training in the Kabbalah , an esoteric form of Jewish mysticism, which attempts to reveal hidden mystical insights in the Hebrew Bible and divine nature. The order also conducted examinations and provided university degrees on Kabbalah topics.

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Who was Joséphin Péladan?

A quintessential aspect of aesthetic modernism in the nineteenth century is that it produced not only a body of artworks and a profusion of — isms , but also a body of institutions and a template of practices that, unlike the art itself, were accepted almost without protest by the European and American art public. He did not persevere long enough in his practice, he was not successful enough in assembling a coherent group of artists, and he was not well connected to the market. Furthermore, he was so extremely pompous and so obviously contradictory that it made it difficult for anyone to take up his cause openly and in earnest. Mario Praz described him as heroic in intention and comic in results.

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