Marc, an aeronautical engineer, emerges as the character in Art with the greatest internal conflict. His words both begin and end the play, thus demonstrating the transformation he has experienced as a result of the events that take place over the course of the play. He opens Art with the statement that his friend Serge has bought a painting, which Marc describes as ‘‘a white painting with white lines,’’ and expresses that the painting has left him with a feeling of unease.
Marc prefers traditional art and is disdainful of modern art. When he visits Serge at his apartment and is shown the new painting, he laughs, says it is worthless, and criticizes Serge for spending so much money on it. Alone, later, Marc chides himself for being so harsh in his criticism of Serge and vows to be nicer from now on.
One night while Marc and Serge wait at Serge’s apartment for their friend Yvan to arrive so they can all go out, they continue to argue about the painting. When Yvan arrives, the conflict over the painting escalates. After Serge tells Marc that his girlfriend, Paula, is an obnoxious person, Marc physically attacks him but does not hurt him.
Marc finally admits that he feels abandoned and betrayed by Serge’s buying of the painting because he feels the painting has replaced him in Serge’s affections. Marc goes on to relate that Serge used to look up to him and see him as a role model. He...
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