A rare collection—hawk-eyed and understanding—from the fellow Booker Prize–winning, best-selling writer of The experience of an finishing and Levels of Life.
As Julian Barnes notes: “Flaubert believed that it used to be very unlikely to give an explanation for one artwork shape when it comes to one other, and that groovy work required no phrases of clarification. Braque notion the fitting country will be reached once we acknowledged not anything in any respect in entrance of a portray . . . however it is a unprecedented photograph that stuns, or argues, us into silence. And if one does, it is just a short while prior to we wish to clarify and comprehend the very silence into which now we have been plunged.”
this can be the precise dynamic that informs his new ebook. In his 1989 novel A heritage of the area in 10½ Chapters, Barnes had a bankruptcy on Géricault’s The Raft of the Medusa, and because then he has written approximately many nice masters of 19th- and twentieth-century paintings, together with Delacroix, Manet, Fantin-Latour, Cézanne, Degas, Redon, Bonnard, Vuillard, Vallotton, Braque, Magritte, Oldenburg, Lucian Freud and Howard Hodgkin. The seventeen essays accrued the following support hint the arc from Romanticism to Realism and into Modernism; they're adroit, insightful and, notably, a real excitement to learn.