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Monet, Narcissus, and Self-Reflection: The Modernist Myth of the Self / Edition 2

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Steven Z. Levine provides a new understanding of the life and work of Claude Monet and the myth of the modern artist. Levine analyzes the extensive critical reception of Monet and the artist's own prolific writings in the context of the story of Narcissus, popular in late nineteenth-century France. Through a careful blending of psychoanalytical theory and historical study, Levine identifies narcissism and obsession as driving forces in Monet's art and demonstrates how we derive meaning from the accumulated verbal responses to an artist's work.

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Narcissus is the enduring Western figure of male self-reflection, and Levine (history of art, Bryn Mawr College) uses the myth of Narcissus as a means of reflection on the water paintings of Claude Monet (1840- 1926), making extensive use of the personal correspondence of the artist and the critical reviews of his art. Includes 127 small b&w plates. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226475448
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1995
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 388
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgments
1: Baudelaire and the Error of Narcissus (1859-70)
2: From Self-Infatuation to Self-Reflection (1870-80)
3: Normandy's Beaches and Maritime Origins (1880-83)
4: The Riviera and the Impossibility of the Blues (1884-85)
5: Etretat and Death by the Sea (1885-86)
6: Belle-Ile and the Oceanic Feeling (1886-87)
7: Antibes and the Intoxication of Solitude (1888)
8: Mirbeau and the Cult of the Self (1889)
9: The Creuse and Neurotic Obsession (1889)
10: Mallarme, Women, and Water Lilies (1889-91)
11: Allegories of Narcissus: Valery, Gide, Mauclair (1891-95)
12: Allegories of Narcissus: Regnier, Gasquet, Rollinat (1895-99)
13: Giverny and Paradise (1899-1909)
14: Bending over the Source (1909)
15: War, Water Lilies, and Death (1909-26)
16: Self-Portrait of the Artist as an Old Man
Photography Credits

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