By Julian Barnes
As Julian Barnes notes: “Flaubert believed that it used to be very unlikely to provide an explanation for one paintings shape when it comes to one other, and that fab work required no phrases of clarification. Braque notion the proper country will be reached after we stated not anything in any respect in entrance of a portray . . . however it is an extraordinary photograph that stuns, or argues, us into silence. And if one does, it is just a little while earlier than 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 booklet. 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 accumulated right here aid hint the arc from Romanticism to Realism and into Modernism; they're adroit, insightful and, specially, a real excitement to read.
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