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Keeping an Eye Open

Keeping an Eye Open by Julian Barnes
Oct 06, 2015 | 288 Pages
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“Barnes is a consummate stylist, not only because of his artistic command of language but also by virtue of his searching intelligence, incisive candor, rogue wit, and righteous fairness. He brings these fine-honed qualities, along with his fluency in human complexity, to art criticism, elevating the entire endeavor to a spirited form of inquiry into creators, creations, and their reception. And his subjects are magnetizing. . . . Handsomely illustrated, superbly written, felicitously thought-provoking.” —Donna Seaman, Booklist
“[Barnes] digs into fascinating details of isometric proportions. . . Highly recommended to all art readers.” —Peter S. Kaufman, Library Journal

“Perceptive and entertaining. . . . Anyone with a serious interest in art will enjoy these essays, no matter their level of knowledge. This is a book to be read and reread for both information and pleasure.” —Sara Catterall, Shelf Awareness

“Barnes puzzles over the intimate lives of artists and casts a generous and discerning eye over the small, painterly decisions that imbue a canvas with force. . . . Great art can take all we’ve got to throw at it, and as time passes, whatever we throw turns to dust and the art remains. Barnes knows this. Indeed, he revels in it. Great art, to him, is an interrogator and a liberator. The more we look, the more our presumptions shatter.” —Cate McQuaid, The Boston Globe
“Barnes places static images within narrative contexts that enliven and animate them [and] all of these essays share this novelistic tone and are rich with anecdotes. . . . [Barnes’s] strikingly eloquent lines [hit] with the force of a kick. He deals not in argument but in persuasion. . . . The point is sheer enchantment.” —Becca Rothfeld, The Washington Post 

“A dazzling collection. . . about many wondrous things.” —The Independent 
“Fascinating and brilliant. . . . This magnificent survey draws its strength from its intensely personal focus, each piece reverberating off the others. . . . It’s a stream of thinking, over years.” —The Financial Times
“Erudite, entertaining and highly personal.” —The Tatler
“An artwork invites the eye to look.  How head, heart and imagination respond is explored and captured here with apparent ease and great skill. . . . It’s a readable, riveting, informed work with sharp, marvellous anecdotes and observations. . . . In this beautifully illustrated book you’re in great company.” —The Irish Independent
“Extremely rewarding, informative, attentive, thoughtful, entertaining.” —The Evening Standard
“Barnes weaves biography, history, philosophy in this fascinating, richly illuminating and beautifully written book.” —Art Quarterly
“If only all art writing were as good as this.” —The New Statesman

Table Of Contents

1 Géricault: Catastrophe into Art
2 Delacroix: How Romantic?
3 Courbet: It’s Not Like That, It’s Like This
4 Manet: In Black and White
5 Fantin-Latour: Men in a Line
6 Cézanne: Does an Apple Move?
7 Degas: And Women
8 Redon: Upwards, Upwards!
9 Bonnard: Marthe, Marthe, Marthe, Marthe
10 Vuillard: You Can Call Him Édouard
11 Vallotton: The Foreign Nabi
12 Braque: The Heart of Painting
13 Magritte: Bird into Egg
14 Oldenburg: Good Soft Fun
15 So Does It Become Art?
16 Freud: The Episodicist
17 Hodgkin: Words for H. H.

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