Jean-Marc Lachaud, Olivier Neveux | Arts and Revolution. On Some Theoretical and Practical Elements

  It would be wrong to consider constructing a fully established aesthetic theory from a reading of the few pages that Karl Marx dedicates to artistic and literary creation. In L’Idéologie allemande, while countering an idealist approach, Marx affirms that a work of art needs to be analyzed in its context of production and reception. Nevertheless, in Grundrisse, while resisting a simplistic reflection theory, he stresses the unique character of artistic and literary products. Observing that his contemporaries can still be moved by the masterpieces of ancient Greek art, he also admits that they evidence “inequalities between the evolution of art in general…