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Blue Arabesque: A Search for the Sublime

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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 Hampls 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 dAzur 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.

Synopsis:

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. Hampls meditation takes us to the Cote dAzur and to North Africa, from cloister to harem, pondering figures as diverse as Eugene Delacroix, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Katherine Mansfield. Returning always to Matisses portraits of languid women, she discovers they were not decorative indulgences but something much more. Moving with the life force that Matisse sought in his work, Blue Arabesque is Hampls dazzling and critically acclaimed tour de force.

About the Author

PATRICIA HAMPL is the author of four memoirs-A Romantic Education, Virgin Time, I Could Tell You Stories, and Blue Arabesque-and two collections of poetry. She has received a MacArthur Fellowship, among many other awards. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Table of Contents

A excerpt from what we call Blue Arabesque (The Silken Chamber) from Divan chapter 3 appeared in Granta Fall 2004 and was later was selected and reprinted for Best American Spiritual Writing 2005 Houghton Mifflin

The American Scholar a version of the Katherine Mansfield chapter under title of "Relics of St. Katherine" summer 2001. That version also appeared in Rereading edited by Ann Fadiman published by Farrar Straus & Giroux.- 2005

Product Details

ISBN:
9780151015061
Subtitle:
A Search for the Sublime
Author:
Hampl, Patricia
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
European
Subject:
Poets, American
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
BIO026000
Subject:
Criticism -- Theory.
Subject:
Aesthetics
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
Poets, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
Hampl, Patricia - Aesthetics
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20071001
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.25 x 5 in 0.64 lb

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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. Hampls meditation takes us to the Cote dAzur and to North Africa, from cloister to harem, pondering figures as diverse as Eugene Delacroix, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Katherine Mansfield. Returning always to Matisses portraits of languid women, she discovers they were not decorative indulgences but something much more. Moving with the life force that Matisse sought in his work, Blue Arabesque is Hampls dazzling and critically acclaimed tour de force.
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