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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Air and Dreams (French: L'Air et les Songes. Essai sur l'imagination du mouvement) (1943) is a book by Gaston Bachelard, one of his four studies on literary imagination.

The book is mentioned by Yves Klein in a Sorbonne lecture given in 1959 on his blue period.

"I unhappily did not have the pleasure of discovering the writings of Gaston Bachelard till very late, only last year in the month of April 1958. [...] will reply by borrowing yet again from Gaston Bachelard that marvelous passage concerning blue from his book Air and Dreams. "This is primarily a Mallarmean document in which the poet, living in 'contented world-weariness amidst oblivious tarns', suffers from the irony of blueness. He perceives an excessively hostile blueness which strives with an indefatigable hand to 'fill the gaping blue holes wickedly made by birds'. [...] and that is the dwelling place of Bachelard's beautiful phrase: 'First there is nothing, next there is depth of nothingness, then a profundity of blue'."



Il étudie la poésie inspirée par l'élément aérien. Il discute les thèses d'Henri Bergson sur le mouvement.

Situation et contenu

À partir de La Psychanalyse du feu en 1938, Gaston Bachelard décide de classer les images littéraires selon les quatre éléments. Après le feu et l'eau dans L'Eau et les Rêves (1942), Bachelard étudie l'air.

Il analyse l'œuvre des écrivains et poètes inspirés par l'élément « air » et la sylphe, parmi lesquels William Blake, Rainer Maria Rilke, Friedrich Nietzsche et Honoré de Balzac. L'ouvrage s'inscrit dans la continuité du tournant poétique de Bachelard qui s'intéresse aux images littéraires à la suite de son œuvre de philosophie des sciences.

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