Title: PAINTINGS IN PROUST: A Visual Companion to ...
Publisher: Thames and Hudson, New York
Publication Date: 2008
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: fine
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: First American edition
8vo. Green cloth with black spine titles and blind-stamp design on front cover. 351 pages with End Notes and Index of Painters and Paintings. With 206 illustrations, 196 in color. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED by the author on the title page: "To ____ - in fond memory of _____ + ____ - Best Wishes, Eric Karpeles". Bookseller Inventory # 1622
A captivating, colorful examination of the ways in which Proust incorporated artists and the visual arts in his work.A la recherche du temps perdu by Marcel Proust is one of the most profoundly visual works in Western literature. Not only are there frequent references to specific works of art, notably during the narrator's visits to Venice and in his evaluations of the style of the imaginary painter Elstir, but certain characters are also evoked by comparison to particular paintings. Bloch's appearance as a boy is likened to the portrait of Mohammed II by Gentile Bellini; Odette de Crécy strikes Swann by her resemblance to a figure in a Botticelli fresco. Even the lesser figure of a certain Mme. Blattin becomes the subject of Proustian mischief by being described as "exactly the portrait of Savonarola by Fra Bartolomeo." Eric Karpeles has identified and located the many paintings to which Proust makes reference; in other cases, where only a painter's name is mentioned to indicate a certain style or appearance, Karpeles has chosen a representative work to illustrate the impression that Proust sought to evoke.
About the Author: Eric Karpeles is a painter who was educated at Haverford College, Oxford University, and The New School. He lives in California.
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