chapter  4
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FACES

The central tenets of Deleuze’s philosophy of painting are to be found in two major texts: A Thousand Plateaus (1980), especially “Plateau Seven: Year Zero-Faciliaty,” and Francis Bacon: The Logic of Sensation (1981). In this chapter we will examine the first of these texts, focusing on the rather elusive concept of “faciality,” which treats the human face as a key component not simply in painting, but also in the functioning of language and sign systems, the formation of subjectivity, and the deployment of power relations. In chapters 5 and 6 we will turn to Francis Bacon and what Deleuze calls the “logic of sensation,” considering first the “harnessing of forces” that Deleuze regards as the main object of painting, and then the role Deleuze attributes to color in painting’s engagement of those forces.