Courbet's Realism / Edition 2

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Overview

This book allows us to reconstruct the keen eye, the commitment to perception, the gift of rapt concentration, the conviction that great paintings are not necessarily understood easily, and the further conviction that a great painter deserves to get from us as good as he gives. In his writing, art history takes on some of the character of art itself. It is driven by the same stubborn resolve to open our eyes.
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Fried (humanities, Johns Hopkins) places French realist painter Courbet's art in the context of an antitheatrical tradition within French painting and art criticism, a tradition (with origins in the 1750s) whose central concern--to negate or neutralize the presence of the beholder--Fried was the first to identify and study (previous works: Absorption and theatricality and Realism, writing, disfiguration). Pathbreaking scholarship, masterfully presented. Includes numerous b&w reproductions, and a few in color. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226262154
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1992
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 396
  • Sales rank: 982,803
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
1. Approaching Courbet
2. The Early Self-Portraits
3. Painter into Painting: An After Dinner at Ornans and The Stonebreakers
4. The Structure of Beholding in A Burial at Ornans
5. Real Allegories, Allegories of Realism: The Wheat Sifters, The Painter's Studio, and The Quarry, with an Excursus on The Death of the Stag
6. Courbet's "Femininity": Chiefly Paintings of Women along with Certain Landscapes and Related Subjects
7. Courbet's Realism
Notes
Credits
Index
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