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Keeping an eye open : essays on art
Keeping an eye open : essays on art
Barnes, Julian., author.
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Essays. Selections
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
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viii, 278 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
"An extraordinary collection-- hawk-eyed and understanding-- from the Booker Prize-winning, best-selling author of The Sense of an Ending and Levels of Life. As Julian Barnes explains: "Flaubert believed that...great paintings required no words of explanation. Braque thought the ideal state would be reached when we said nothing at all in front of a painting ... But it is a rare picture that stuns, or argues, us into silence. And if one does, it is only a short time before we want to explain and understand the very silence into which we have been plunged." This is the exact dynamic that informs his new book. Barnes, in his 1989 novel A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters, had a chapter on Gericault's The Raft of the Medusa, and since then he has written about many great masters of nineteenth- and twentieth-century art, including Delacroix, Manet, Fantin-Latour, Cezanne, Degas, Redon, Bonnard, Vuillard, Vallotton, Braque, Magritte, Oldenburg, Howard Hodgkin, and Lucian Freud. The seventeen essays gathered here are adroit, insightful and, above all, a true pleasure to read " --
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Originally published: London : Jonathan Cape, 2015.
Géricault : catastrophe into art -- Delacroix : how romantic? -- Courbet : it's not like that, it's like this -- Manet : in black and white -- Fantin-Latour : men in a line -- Cézanne : does an apple move? -- Degas : and women -- Redon : upwards, upwards! -- Bonnard : Marthe, Marthe, Marthe, Marthe -- Vuillard : you can call him Édouard -- Vallotton : the foreign Nabi -- Braque : the heart of painting -- Magritte : bird into egg -- Oldenburg : good soft fun -- So does it become art? -- Freud : the episodicst -- Hodgkin : words for H.H.
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