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A Fable of Modern Art
     

A Fable of Modern Art

by Dore Ashton
 

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Dore Ashton's masterly analysis of modern art grows out of a consideration of Balzac's brilliant and little known 'philosophic' story The Unknown Masterpiece in which the concerns of Cézanne, Picasso, and the abstract expressionists are strikingly prefigured. Balzac's fable is discussed not only within the context from which it emerged—early

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Dore Ashton's masterly analysis of modern art grows out of a consideration of Balzac's brilliant and little known 'philosophic' story The Unknown Masterpiece in which the concerns of Cézanne, Picasso, and the abstract expressionists are strikingly prefigured. Balzac's fable is discussed not only within the context from which it emerged—early nineteenth-century romanticism—but also in its embodiment of various attitudes towards art. Ashton illuminates a web of associations linking Balzac to Cézanne, Rilke, Schoenberg, Kandinsky and Picasso as they struggle with the yearning to express the inexpressible, to make concrete the abstract.

As Professor Ashton develops the conjectures of her book she reveals the interrelations of literature, music, and art and the basic problems which engage or beset the contemporary artist and those who seek to understand and appreciate contemporary art. This is a book of extreme originality which ranges so widely and offers such valuable insights that it forms an important contribution not only to the history of art and culture, but also to the history of ideas.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520073012
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
01/25/1991
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.41(d)

Meet the Author


Dore Ashton is Professor of Art History at Cooper Union, New York City, and author of many books, including A Critical Study of Philip Guston (California, 1990).

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