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Keeping an eye open : essays on art / Julian Barnes.

By: Barnes, Julian.
Publisher: London : Jonathan cape, 2015Edition: [1st ed.].Description: 276 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9780224102018 : (pbk.).Subject(s): Art -- Philosophy | Art appreciation | Artists -- France | Art, Modern -- 19th century | Art, Modern -- 20th centuryDDC classification: 709.03
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'Flaubert believed that it was impossible to explain one art form in terms of another, and 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 we are very far from reaching that state. We remain incorrigibly verbal creatures who love to explain things, to form opinions, to argue...It is a rare picture which 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.' Julian Barnes began writing about art with a chapter on Gericault's The Raft of the Medusa in his 1989 novel A History of the World in 101/2 Chapters. Since then he has written a series of remarkable essays , chiefly about French artists, which trace the story of how art made its way from Romanticism to Realism and into Modernism. Fully illustrated in colour throughout, Keeping an Eye Open contains Barnes' essays on Gericault, Delacroix, Courbet, Manet, Fantin-Latour, Cezanne, Degas, Redon, Bonnard, Vuillard, Vallotton, Braque, Magritte, Oldenburg, Howard Hodgkin and Lucian Freud. [COPAC]

Partial contents 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 aline -- 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 episodocist -- Hodgkin : words for H. H.

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