- Tapa dura: 240 páginas
- Editor: Granta Books (6 de agosto de 2015)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1847088074
- ISBN-13: 978-1847088079
- Valoración media de los clientes: 1 opinión de cliente
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº125.601 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
Everything is Happening: Journey into a Painting (Inglés) Tapa dura – 6 ago 2015
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'A heart-rending personal quest to piece together a painting that touches Jacobs, but ultimately eludes his grasp, as it does all of us' -- Ossian Ward
'Everything is Happening is a clear-eyed look at Velázquez's masterpiece by one of our most animated and engaging writers on art. It is also part travelogue and part autobiography, sadly interrupted but curated with much flair and affection by Ed Vulliamy, whose poignant coda is a tribute to friendship and shared passions. How uplifting to know that, right to the end, Michael Jacobs was still eagerly chronicling - with the same combination of droll scepticism and enthusiastic wonder - the many lands, both geographical and intellectual, through which he passed' -- Ross King
'Jacobs writes from close up, as he would look at a painting, with openness, curiosity and passion' -- Marion Coutts
'Every book by Michael Jacobs combines adventure, autobiography and scholarship in a unique blend of warmth, humour and vivid prose. Sadly, this aptly titled last work is a bittersweet reminder that an untimely death has robbed us of the irreplaceable and irrepressible Michael Jacobs' -- Paul Preston
'A novel and highly beguiling fusion of art history, autobiography and observation of contemporary Spain' -- Martin Gayford
'In a beguiling blend of art history, memoir and travel writing, the late art historican delves into the mysteries of 'Las Meninas' - and there is more to it than meets you eye. A personal and passionate manifesto... Fascinating'
'[Jacobs] left 110 completed pages along with his notebooks, to his friend, the journalist Ed Vulluamy, to finish. In the resulting book, Vulliamy offers a thoughtful obituary and an excellent introduction that establishes the basic facts about the painting [Les Meninas]...If Jacobs had finished it, this book would surely have been the,culmination of his writing career, As it stands, it is open-ended, fragmentary and full of curiousity, which rather fits its subject.'
James McConnachie, The Sunday Times --Editor's Choice preview, Bookseller
Book of the Year in Spectator
'...art pundits and novelists have been queuing up to reveal the secrets of painters and paintings. Everything is Happening: Journey into a Painting, by the late Michael Jacobs, is one of the [more] quixotic examples.'' -- The Guardian
'I met him six or seven times only but I liked him so much that I coveted him as a friend... The book shows what a gift to literature was lost with Michael Jacobs. Half detective quest, half autobiography, it offers a fascinating, unusual meditation on the vagaries of life and art.'
Ian Thomson, the Sunday Telegraph
'Michael's text serves as a map and inspiration indispensable to the lover of painting - scholar or amateur - who stares in wonder at Las Meninas or any painting which grapples with the enigma of representation. In Michael's brilliant half-book, beyond a fragment, we have not only a typically Jacobs-esque narrative of his life with Velazquez - one of chance encounters, friendships, musings and restless autobiography - but the story of picture's own adventures, and this passionate manifesto for the liberation of how we look at painting' -- Ed Vulliamy
'A wonderful book, a sprightly, energetic and sweetly melancholy homage to a great work of art... Not the least of the qualities of book is the sense it gives of a short life lived to the fullest, and of a man whose love of art contributed to and illuminated for him the art of living' --John Banville, Irish Times
'Open-minded, fragmentary and full of curiosity, which rather fits its subject.'
the Oldie (01/12/15)
'Posthumous tributes to life-enhancing friends can leave outsiders with the impression of an outsize ego rather than a lovely able pal. Jacobs was just the opposite: insatiably curious, always warm but never unctuous, his voracious erudition in art and history employed as a key but never a cudgel.' Boyd Tonkin
'Everything is Happening winds the picture into a entrancing memoir of his adventures with art and with Spain.'
'The posthumous publication of Michael Jacobs' unfinished voyage around 'Las Meninas' is an occasion to celebrate the life and work of an exceptionally gifted writer...Jacobs, one of the great non-fiction writers of this and the last century...The story twists and turns back on Jacobs: the boyish humanity and exuberance, his deep-rooted, optimistic conviction that by engaging with others uninhibitedly he would discover himself; the happy carousing and unco-ordinated dancing; his wide-eyed openness to wonder; his altogether un-English rush of enthusiasm - is all on show in the book as he stands again before the frozen conundrum of the painting [Las Meninas]' -- Simon Schama, The Financial Times
'Leavened with engaging anecdotes from Jacobs [...] Everything is Happening is an absorbing, touching account from a genial and evidently gregarious man, who is sorely missed by his friends' --Paddy Kehoe, RTÉ Ten
Reseña del editor
Michael Jacobs was haunted by Velazquez's enigmatic masterpiece Las Meninas from first encountering it in the Prado as a teenager. In Everything is Happening Jacobs searches for the ultimate significance of the painting by following the trails of associations from each individual character in the picture, as well as his own memories of and relationship to this extraordinary work.From Jacobs' first trip to Spain, to the complex politics of Golden Age Madrid, to his meeting with the man who saved Las Meninas during the Spanish Civil war, via Jacobs' experiences of the sunless world of the art history academy, Jacobs' dissolves the barriers between the past and the present, the real and the illusory.Cut short by Jacobs' death in 2014, and completed with an introduction and coda of great sensitivity and insight by his friend and fellow lover of art, the journalist Ed Vulliamy, this visionary, meditative and often very funny book is a passionate, personal manifesto for the liberation of how we look at painting.Ver Descripción del producto
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I have seen Las Meninas up-close and in-person three times. It truly is one of my favorite paintings in Spain. It's so hard to describe how or why it captures me, but I'm clearly not alone. If you've seen the painting, you'll understand. If you haven't, you'll need to find a copy to look at, since curiously, this book only had one tiny photo of it.
While the book is about Las Meninas and what the painting might mean, it is so much more than this. In reading the initial reviews, I simply the thought the book would dissect the painting, trying to analyze what different components might mean. Instead, the role of the painting in Spanish history plays a prominent role, and we learn what the piece has for National pride. It's role in the broader world of art is also highlighted.
The book is an easy read and it flows well. Again, make sure you have seen a good copy of the painting---if not the original---as you might otherwise get a bit lost or confused with some of the discussion.
This is a really good book. I suspect I'll read it more than once.