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Antoine's Alphabet: Watteau and His World

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Antoine Watteau, one of the most mysterious painters who ever lived, is the inspiration for this delightful investigation of the tangled relationship between art and life. Weaving together historical fact and personal reflections, the influential art critic Jed Perl reconstructs the amazing story of this pioneering bohemian artist who, although he died in 1721, when he was only thirty-six, has influenced innumerable painters and writers in the centuries since—and whose work continues to deepen our understanding of the place that love, friendship, and pleasure have in our daily lives.

Perl creates an astonishing experience by gathering his reflections on this “master of silken surfaces and elusive emotions” in the form of an alphabet—a fairy tale for adults—giving us a new way to think about art. This brilliant collage of a book is a hunt for the treasure of Watteau’s life and vision that encompasses the glamour and intrigue of eighteenth-century Paris, the riotous history of Harlequin and Pierrot, and the work of such modern giants as Cézanne, Picasso, and Samuel Beckett.

By turns somber and beguiling, analytical and impressionistic, Antoine’s Alphabet reaffirms the contemporary relevance of the greatest of all painters of young love and imperishable dreams. It is a book to savor, to share, to return to again and again.

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Exploring the complex link between art and life, a portrait of pioneering bohemian artist Antoine Watteau describes the evolution of the artist's life and aesthetic vision against the backdrop of eighteenth-century Paris, as well as his seminal influence on such modern figures as Czanne, Picasso, and Samuel Beckett. 20,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

Watteau, one of the most mysterious painters who ever lived, is the inspiration for this delightful investigation of the tangled relationship between art and life.

About the Author

Jed Perl was born in New York and studied art history and painting at Columbia University. Since 1994 he has been the art critic at The New Republic. His books include Paris Without End, Eyewitness, and New Art City: Manhattan at Mid-Century. He lives in Manhattan.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307270450
Subtitle:
Watteau and His World
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf
Author:
Perl, Jed
Author:
Jed Perl
Subject:
Art : Criticism
Subject:
Art : Criticism & Theory
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Watteau, Antoine
Subject:
Criticism -- Theory.
Subject:
Art - Artists
Subject:
Art-Theory and Criticism
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080916
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
207

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Arts and Entertainment » Art » Theory and Criticism

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Product details 207 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307270450 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Exploring the complex link between art and life, a portrait of pioneering bohemian artist Antoine Watteau describes the evolution of the artist's life and aesthetic vision against the backdrop of eighteenth-century Paris, as well as his seminal influence on such modern figures as Czanne, Picasso, and Samuel Beckett. 20,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Watteau, one of the most mysterious painters who ever lived, is the inspiration for this delightful investigation of the tangled relationship between art and life.
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