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Blue Arabesque: A Search for the Sublime

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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. 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.

 

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.

 

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:
9780156033114
Author:
Hampl, Patricia
Publisher:
Harvest Books
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
European
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
BIO026000
Subject:
Poets, American
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
Criticism -- Theory.
Subject:
Aesthetics
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
Poets, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
Hampl, Patricia - Aesthetics
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20071031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.58 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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