Antoine's Alphabet: Watteau and His World

Antoine's Alphabet: Watteau and His World

Jed Perl


Antoine Watteau, the most mysterious painters who ever lived, is the foundation for this pleasant research of the tangled dating among paintings and existence. Weaving jointly ancient truth and private reflections, the influential paintings critic Jed Perl reconstructs the fantastic tale of this pioneering bohemian artist who, even supposing he died in 1721, whilst he was once simply thirty-six, has encouraged innumerable painters and writers within the centuries since—and whose paintings keeps to deepen our knowing of where that love, friendship, and delight have in our day-by-day lives.

Perl creates an superb event through amassing his reflections in this “master of silken surfaces and elusive feelings” within the type of an alphabet—a fairy story for adults—giving us a brand new option to take into consideration paintings. This magnificent university of a ebook is a hunt for the treasure of Watteau’s lifestyles and imaginative and prescient that encompasses the glamour and intrigue of eighteenth-century Paris, the riotous heritage of Harlequin and Pierrot, and the paintings of such sleek giants as Cézanne, Picasso, and Samuel Beckett.

By turns somber and beguiling, analytical and impressionistic, Antoine’s Alphabet reaffirms the modern relevance of the best of all painters of younger love and imperishable goals. it's a publication to enjoy, to percentage, to come to back and again.

From the Hardcover edition.

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