The Painter's Eye: Notes and Essays on the Pictorial Arts

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Between 1868 and 1897 Henry James wrote a number of short essays and reviews of artists and art collections; these essays were published in magazines such as Atlantic Monthly and Harper?s Weekly and in newspapers such as the New York Tribune. They included James?s comments on Ruskin, Turner, Whistler, Sargent, and the Impressionists, among many others. Thirty of these essays were collected and first published in a modern edition in 1956, accompanied by John Sweeney?s introduction, which sketches James?s interest ...

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Overview

Between 1868 and 1897 Henry James wrote a number of short essays and reviews of artists and art collections; these essays were published in magazines such as Atlantic Monthly and Harper’s Weekly and in newspapers such as the New York Tribune. They included James’s comments on Ruskin, Turner, Whistler, Sargent, and the Impressionists, among many others. Thirty of these essays were collected and first published in a modern edition in 1956, accompanied by John Sweeney’s introduction, which sketches James’s interest in the visual arts over a period of years, focusing on the ways in which painting and painters entered his work as subjects.
     Susan Griffin’s new forward places James’s observations in a contemporary context. Some of the novelist’s judgements will seem wrong to today’s readers: he was critical of the Impressionists, for example. But all of these essays bear the stamp of James’s critical intelligence, and they tell us a great deal about his development as a writer during those years.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780299122843
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Susan M. Griffin is chair and Justus Bier Professor of Humanities in the Department of English at the University of Louisville.

Biography

Henry James (1843-1916), born in New York City, was the son of noted religious philosopher Henry James, Sr., and brother of eminent psychologist and philosopher William James. He spent his early life in America and studied in Geneva, London and Paris during his adolescence to gain the worldly experience so prized by his father. He lived in Newport, went briefly to Harvard Law School, and in 1864 began to contribute both criticism and tales to magazines. In 1869, and then in 1872-74, he paid visits to Europe and began his first novel, Roderick Hudson. Late in 1875 he settled in Paris, where he met Turgenev, Flaubert, and Zola, and wrote The American (1877). In December 1876 he moved to London, where two years later he achieved international fame with Daisy Miller. Other famous works include Washington Square (1880), The Portrait of a Lady (1881), The Princess Casamassima (1886), The Aspern Papers (1888), The Turn of the Screw (1898), and three large novels of the new century, The Wings of the Dove (1902), The Ambassadors (1903) and The Golden Bowl (1904). In 1905 he revisited the United States and wrote The American Scene (1907). During his career, he also wrote many works of criticism and travel. Although old and ailing, he threw himself into war work in 1914, and in 1915, a few months before his death, he became a British subject. In 1916 King George V conferred the Order of Merit on him. He died in London in February 1916.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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    1. Date of Birth:
      April 15, 1843
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Death:
      February 28, 1916
    2. Place of Death:
      London, England
    1. Education:
      Attended school in France and Switzerland; Harvard Law School, 1862-63

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