Why do we find ourselves returning to certain pictures time and again? What is it we are looking for? How does our understanding of an image change over time? In his latest book T. J. Clark addresses these questions and many more in ways that steer art writing into new territory.
In early 2000 two extraordinary paintings by Poussin hung in the Getty Museum in a single room, Landscape with a Man Killed by a Snake (National Gallery, London) and the Getty's own Landscape with a Calm. Clark found himself returning to the gallery to look at these paintings morning after morning, and almost involuntarily he began to record his shifting responses in a notebook. The result is a riveting analysis of the two landscapes and their different views of life and death, but more, a chronicle of an investigation into the very nature of visual complexity. Clark’s meditations sometimes directly personal, sometimes speaking to the wider politics of our present image-world track the experience of viewing art through all its real-life twists and turns.
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T. J. Clark is George C. and Helen N. Pardee Chair at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of several books including the highly influential volume, The Painting of Modern Life: Paris in the Art of Manet and his Followers.
". . . as compelling as a thriller...Clark shows that this [book] really is the merest doorway to what is ultimately a truly sublime mystery."—John McEwan, The Tablet
"What holds the reader is a vivid immersion in the author's process of discovery. His blend of thinking and noticing grips us as details are revealed in the room's ever-shifting light. . . . Numerous color plates, first of the paintings in full, then of enlarged details, train our new eyes."―Nina C. Ayoub, Chronicle of Higher Education
"Provocative, insightful and . . . useful."—Edward J. Sozanski, Philadelphia Inquirer
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Book Description Yale University Press, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110300117264
Book Description Yale University Press, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Brand New!. Bookseller Inventory # VIB0300117264