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French to English translations [PRO] Art/Literary - Art, Arts & Crafts, Painting
French term or phrase:procéder par
This is a largely imagined dialogue at a showing of Man Ray and Desnos' film 'L'Etoile de mer'. A member of the audience makes a suggestion for the real 'meaning' of the starfish, and Desnos retorts:
'Man Ray ne procède pas par déformation artistique, ni par une servile reproduction de la nature!'
So what I'm looking for is a conversational way to say that he doesn't 'work to a process of', the idea being that he's not filming by numbers, blindly following a popular school of thought or art theory to achieve his end goal. It can certainly be a bit high-fallutin', but not too awkward to be spoken aloud.