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Keeping An Eye Open

Keeping An Eye Open

Essays On Art

by Julian Barnes

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/05/2015

  $44.40

An extraordinary collection-hawk-eyed and understanding-from the Booker Prize-winning, bestselling 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 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."

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 Géricault'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.

ISBN:
9780224102018
9780224102018
Category:
Renaissance art
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-05-2015
Language:
English
Publisher:
Penguin Random House
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
288
Dimensions (mm):
223x153x27mm
Weight:
0.7kg
Julian Barnes

Julian Barnes is the author of thirteen novels, including The Sense of an Ending, which won the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, and The Noise of Time. He has also written three books of short stories, four collections of essays and two books of non-fiction, Nothing to be Frightened Of and the Sunday Times number one bestseller Levels of Life. In 2017 he was awarded the Legion d'honneur.

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