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Yves Bonnefoy, France's most important living poet, is also a literary and art critic of renown; in writing so extensively on the visual arts, he continues the critical tradition begun in the eighteenth century by Diderot and continued in succeeding centuries by Baudelaire, Apollinaire, and other leading French poets.

The sixteen essays collected here show the breadth and depth of Bonnefoy's writings on art, aesthetics, and poetics. His lyrical ruminations range across centuries and cultures, from Byzantium to postwar France, from the paintings of Piero della Francesca to the sculptures of Alberto Giacometti and the photographs of Henri Cartier-Bresson, from the Italian Giorgio Morandi to the American Edward Hopper. Always fascinated in his poetry by the nature of color and light and the power of the image, Bonnefoy continues to pursue these themes in his discussion of the lure and truth of representation. He sees the painter as a poet whose language is a visual one, and seeks to find out what visual artists can teach those who work with words. More philosophical than historical and more poetic than critical, the essays express Bonnefoy's deep sympathy for the creative process and his great passion for individual works of art.

Bonnefoy's engagement with great art in The Lure and the Truth of Painting sheds light on the philosophy of presence and being that animates his poems. This book will be welcomed by lovers of Bonnefoy's poems and by everyone interested in the creation, history, and appreciation of art.

Yves Bonnefoy's numerous books include New and Selected Poems and In the Shadow's Light, both published by the University of Chicago Press. Richard Stamelman is director of the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and professor of romance languages at Williams College. He is the author of Lost beyond Telling: Representations of Death and Absence in Modern French Poetry.

"Few exponents of contemporary French letters deserve the attention of the reading public in America more than Yves Bonnefoy. . . . [His] writings . . . are an important lighthouse on the contemporary cultural coastline."—Emily Grosholz, The Hudson Review

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Yves Bonnefoy, celebrated translator and critic, is widely considered the most important and influential French poet since World War II. He is also a literary and art critic of renown; in writing extensively on the visual arts, he continues the critical tradition begun in the eighteenth century by Diderot and continued in succeeding centuries by Baudelaire, Apollinaire, and other leading French poets. The sixteen essays collected here show the breadth and depth of Bonnefoy's writings on art, aesthetics, and poetics. His lyrical ruminations range across centuries and cultures, and artistic media, from Byzantium to postwar France, from the paintings of Piero della Francesca to the sculptures of Alberto Giacometti to the photographs of Henri Cartier-Bresson, from the Italian Giorgio Morandi to the American Edward Hopper. Always fascinated in his poetry by the nature of color and light and the power of the image, Bonnefoy continues to pursue these themes in his discussion of the lure and truth of representation. He sees the painter as a poet whose language is visual, and he seeks to find out what visual artists can teach those who work with words. More philosophical than historical and more poetic than critical, the essays express Bonnefoy's deep sympathy for the creative process and his great passion for individual works of art.

About the Author

Yves Bonnefoy is a poet, critic and professor emeritus of comparative poetics at the Collège de France. In addition to poetry and literary criticism, he has published numerous works of art history and translated into French several of Shakespeare’s plays.

Table of Contents

Illustrations

Preface

Yves Bonnefoy

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Richard Stamelman

1: Byzantium

2: Paintings and Places

3: The Second Simplicity

4: Humor and Cast Shadows

5: Time and the Timeless in Quattrocento Painting

6: Giovanni Bellini

7: Andrea Mantegna

8: Elsheimer and His Legacy

9: Notes on Mondrian

10: At Morandi's Horizon

11: Giacometti's Stranger

12: The Decisions of Balthus

13: The Photosynthesis of Being: Edward Hopper

14: In Garache's Color

15: On Painting and Poetry, on Anxiety and Peace

16: Henri Cartier-Bresson

Afterword

Richard Stamelman

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226064444
Editor:
Stamelman, Richard
Author:
Stamelman, Richard
Author:
Bonnefoy, Yves
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
History - General
Subject:
Art
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
Fine Arts
Subject:
Art criticism
Subject:
Ut pictura poesis (aesthetics)
Subject:
Ut pictura poesis
Subject:
Criticism - General
Subject:
Criticism -- Theory.
Subject:
Art-Theory and Criticism
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
v. 50, no. 4, pt. 2
Publication Date:
19951131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 color plates, 18 halftones
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , Yves Bonnefoy, celebrated translator and critic, is widely considered the most important and influential French poet since World War II. He is also a literary and art critic of renown; in writing extensively on the visual arts, he continues the critical tradition begun in the eighteenth century by Diderot and continued in succeeding centuries by Baudelaire, Apollinaire, and other leading French poets. The sixteen essays collected here show the breadth and depth of Bonnefoy's writings on art, aesthetics, and poetics. His lyrical ruminations range across centuries and cultures, and artistic media, from Byzantium to postwar France, from the paintings of Piero della Francesca to the sculptures of Alberto Giacometti to the photographs of Henri Cartier-Bresson, from the Italian Giorgio Morandi to the American Edward Hopper. Always fascinated in his poetry by the nature of color and light and the power of the image, Bonnefoy continues to pursue these themes in his discussion of the lure and truth of representation. He sees the painter as a poet whose language is visual, and he seeks to find out what visual artists can teach those who work with words. More philosophical than historical and more poetic than critical, the essays express Bonnefoy's deep sympathy for the creative process and his great passion for individual works of art.
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