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Blue Arabesque: A Search for the Sublime

Hampl, Patricia

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ISBN 10: 0151015066 / ISBN 13: 9780151015061
Published by Harcourt, Inc., Orlando, 2006
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Signed by the author, with no date or inscription, at the title page. Pages show a few tiny corner creases but are otherwise clean and bright; binding is square and secure, hard cover only mildly shelfworn at corners and spine ends. Dustjacket shows short, light wrinkles at the spine head and very light rubbing to corners and spine ends, otherwise clean, crisp, attractive, not price clipped, now protected in a clear sleeve. 215pp. Bookseller Inventory # 066970

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Title: Blue Arabesque: A Search for the Sublime

Publisher: Harcourt, Inc., Orlando

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition, First Printing.

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Just out of college, Patricia Hampl was mesmerized by a Matisse painting she saw in the Art Institute of Chicago: an aloof woman gazing at goldfish in a bowl, a mysterious Moroccan screen behind her. This woman seemed a welcome secular version of the nuns of Hampl’s girlhood, free and untouchable, a poster girl for twentieth-century feminism. In Blue Arabesque, Hampl explores the allure of that woman, immersed in leisure, so at odds with the increasing rush of the modern era. Her tantalizing meditation takes us to the Cote d’Azur and North Africa, from cloister to harem, pondering figures as diverse as Eugène Delacroix, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Katherine Mansfield. Returning always to Matisse and his obsessive portraits of languid women, Hampl discovers they were not decorative indulgences but surprising acts of integrity.  Moving with the life force that Matisse sought in his work, Blue Arabesque is a dazzling tour de force.

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A Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year
A Los Angeles Times Favorite Nonfiction of the Year
A Minneapolis Star Tribune Best Minnesota Book of the Year
Just out of college, Patricia Hampl was mesmerized by a Matisse painting in the Art Institute of Chicago: an aloof woman gazing at goldfish in a bowl, a Moroccan screen behind her. In Blue Arabesque, Hampl explores the allure of this lounging woman, immersed in leisure, so at odds with the rush of the modern era. Hampl’s meditation takes us to the Cote d’Azur and to North Africa, from cloister to harem, pondering figures as diverse as Eugene Delacroix, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Katherine Mansfield. Returning always to Matisse’s portraits of languid women, she discovers they were not decorative indulgences but something much more.
 
?Blue Arabesque isn't a memoir so much as it is a paean to the act of seeing, celebrating our capacity to be transformed by the truths art holds, recognizing them as holy.” ?The New York Times Book Review
 
?Lush, intelligent.” ?Chicago Tribune
 
PATRICIA HAMPL is the author of four memoirs--A Romantic Education, Virgin Time, I Could Tell You Stories, and The Florist's Daughter--and two collections of poetry. She has received a MacArthur Fellowship, among many other awards. She lives in St. Paul and is Regents Professor at the University of Minnesota.
 

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