Socratic erotic noesis: cf. aesthetic noesis in Deleuze, the sentiendum; illustrated with two paintings of Tony Fomison and a quotation

– Tony Fomison, Study after Holbein’s Dead Christ, 1971-1973

As Sokrates tells it, your story begins the moment Eros enters you. That incursion is the biggest risk of your life. How you handle it is an index of the quality, wisdom and decorum of the things inside you. As you handle it you come into contact with what is inside you, in a sudden and startling way. You perceive what you are, what you lack, what you could be. What is this mode of perception, so different from ordinary perception that it is well described as madness? How is it that when you fall in love you feel as if suddenly you are seeing the world as it really is? A mood of knowledge floats out over your life. You seem to know what is real and what is not. Something is lifting you toward an understanding so complete and clear it makes you jubilant. This mood is no delusion, in Sokrates’ belief. It is a glance down into time, at realities you once knew, as staggeringly beautiful as the glance of your beloved.

– Anne Carson, Eros: The Bittersweet, Dalkey Archive Press, London, 1998, pp. 152-3

– Tony Fomison, Study of a Hand, 1970

I am very committed to painting and therefore, very prejudiced! I believe that vision is everything, but that despite the large population today, its is probably as rare as ever. And I don’t mean optical vision, I mean the narrated, imagined vision of the visionary.

– Tony Fomison