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Keeping an Eye Open
Author: Julian Barnes

ISBN: 9781101873373
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 13 June 2017
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.84 x 17.27 x 2.03
Description:
An extraordinary collection-hawk-eyed and understanding-from the Man Booker Prize-winning, best-selling author ofThe Sense of an Ending and Levels of Life.

As Julian Barnes notes: "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 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. In his 1989 novel A History of the World in 10½ Chapters, Barnes had a chapter on Gericault'sThe 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, Lucian Freud and Howard Hodgkin. The seventeen essays gathered here h...

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