- Tapa blanda: 226 páginas
- Editor: Langdon st Pr (13 de noviembre de 2012)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1936782804
- ISBN-13: 978-1936782802
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Shades of Orange With Many Greens: Visions of Paul Cezanne (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 13 nov 2012
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Paul Cézanne lived most of his life either in self-imposed obscurity or scorned notoriety. Even in his circle there were detractors and doubters. Shades of Orange with Many Greens: Visions of Paul Cézanne concerns the years before the artist was vindicated. Painter and art historian Walter E. Thompson brings together the work and personality of Cezanne in an engaging manner, permitting the reader to experience this iconic giant in stimulating ways. Thompson creates an emotionally charged setting in which Cézanne faces his inner demons and real life antagonists. In an amalgam of invented persons and places mixed with those from historical record, Cézanne relives some of the most stressful and decisive moments in his life. Be with him as he studies the visual complexities of the objects he paints.
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Walter E. Thompson was born in San Francisco, California. He graduated from San Francisco State College with a B.A., and later from the University of Michigan with a Ph.D. in art history. He taught art and art history in several liberal arts institutions in Illinois and South Carolina. He has been a practicing painter throughout his adult life. Since 1983 he has lived in New York. Most recently he and his wife reside in a small, rural community in Columbia County, north of New York City.Author's Home: Craryville, NY
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Thompson uses a number of striking devices to explore different aspects of Cézanne's career. He creates a framework in which Cézanne's old friends--the Impressionis Monet, Pissarro, Renoir--share their recollections of Cézanne and his obdurate personality. He posits a cohort of young Parisian art students who have been thrilled by the few glimpses of Cézanne's paintings to be found in Paris, enthusiastically debating and analyzing his work as they look forward to the retrospective exhibition that will be held in the coming months. In Aix, Thompson introduces a "stranger," an alter-ego for Cézanne who enters the painter's studio and follows him on his painting forays into the landscape outside the city. The stranger plays a catalytic role, seeming to possess--to Cézanne's puzzlement--the most intimate knowledge of his past thoughts and deepest feelings.
But it is Thompson himself--a painter and art historian--who probes most directly into the intricacies of Cézanne's art and creative concerns. The book opens with Cézanne in his studio as he painstakingly creates an arrangement of familiar objects--the durable ones like crockery--and the perishable ones--apples, oranges--that may not last the time it will take to produce a painting. Thompson is patient and discerning as he opens up for the reader a view into Cézanne's psychology and his painting process.
In a later chapter we follow the painter into the hilly countryside around Aix as he makes the arduous climb, punctuated by picturesque and challenging views, to reach the vantage point he has chosen to paint his favorite motif, Mont Sainte-Victoire, which dominates the landscape for miles around (see the illustration on the front cover). Working from his vantage point at the edge of the Bibémus quarry Cézanne looks outward to the distant mountain, which seems to grow in size as he tries to adjust it to the dimensions of his painting. Thompson describes the setting with great vividness before turning to the canvas as the field on which Cézanne will make his final decisions. It is an absorbing, at times a breathtaking journey.
There was no footnote here, as there would be if Cézanne himself had ever said or written these words or even thought them. This was Thompson, who as both a painter and a scholar can go beyond the textual archive and use what he knows on an applied and a theoretical level to show us how Cézanne's art proceeded from his vision process.
As a writer and a photographer, I look for stories and narratives in the socio-physical environment. I like to think that the better I understand how I do that, the more stories I will see and the better I'll be able to convey them and make them understood in some form by whoever reads or views the work I do. In this terrific little book, Walter Thompson delivers a wise and hugely perceptive look at how a willfully difficult painter in another time and place hewed to his own process and perceptions of himself, his world, and his art to deliver groundbreaking and enduring visual perceptions. Thompson's literary devices -the peculiar "stranger," the nucleus of ardent young followers who embrace Cézanne's genius in a modern, fan-like devotion, the epistolary "evidence" and the dream sequences - carry us smoothly into Cézanne's world and make real his rages and visions.
Every now and then, when we read outside of our comfort zones, we discover a work that takes us in new directions and shows us unexplored vistas in the surrounding landscape and within our own psychic tunnels. For me, Thompson's work does that with a sure-handed comfort that can only come from an author with the deepest understanding of his subject and of himself. His work is truly a delight to read.