Website Centre Pompidou’s Public Reference Library



Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962)

The proximity of Jean Gourmelin’s and Gaston Bachelard’s thinking is revealed in Évariste Gallois’ Childhood Memory, particularly in the character lying in ambush with his rifle inside a cube which is placed at the intersection of axis coordinates.

That drawing illustrates one of Gaston Bachelard’s texts in his book on Lautréamont to perfection: ‘There is no mathematical education without some kind of wickedness on the part of reason. Is there a steadier, icier irony than that of the maths teacher? Lurking like a spider at the corner of the classroom, he is waiting…’

Jean Gourmelin’s illustration for Évariste Gallois’ Childhood Memory