This concluding chapter discusses the history of the line. The modern line of drawing and thinking has at least two genealogies, a Cartesian-deductive one and an inductive one associated with the rise of the empirical sciences. The Modernists spiritualized or dematerialized the line in an attempt to represent essential forces, but the movement attributed to their lines remained linear as it were progressive and ruthless. The line that surfaces in representations is rhythmically underpinned. There was little sense that the line had a history, or a lining, that it was the formalization of a field of traces rather than the outline of a past, present, or future object.
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