What Painting Is

What Painting Is

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by James Elkins
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415926629

ISBN-13: 9780415926621

Pub. Date: 03/28/2000

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Unlike many books on painting that usually talk about art or painters, James Elkins’ compelling and original work focuses on alchemy, for like the alchemist, the painter seeks to transform and be transformed by the medium.

In What Painting Is, James Elkins communicates the experience of painting beyond the traditional vocabulary of art history.

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Unlike many books on painting that usually talk about art or painters, James Elkins’ compelling and original work focuses on alchemy, for like the alchemist, the painter seeks to transform and be transformed by the medium.

In What Painting Is, James Elkins communicates the experience of painting beyond the traditional vocabulary of art history. Alchemy provides a magical language to explore what it is a painter really does in her or his studio - the smells, the mess, the struggle to control the uncontrollable, the special knowledge only painters hold of how colours will mix, and how they will look.

Written from the perspective of a painter-turned-art historian, What Painting Is is like nothing you have ever read about art.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415926621
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,126,007
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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