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Quant au livre : Triptyque en l’honneur de Gauguin

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ISBN: 9782717726329 DOI: 10.4000/books.editionsbnf.1045 Language: French
Publisher: Éditions de la Bibliothèque nationale de France
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Gauguin intervient non seulement par le titre de son grand tableau de Boston, mais aussi parce que, à un tournant décisif de notre histoire, il a tenté, Occidental, de s'immerger dans une culture antérieure au livre. D'où venons-nous ? Réflexions sur l'évolution du livre, instrument fondamental de notre civilisation, notamment au cœur des trois grandes religions monothéistes, dans sa forme et dans sa teneur. Où sommes-nous ? La place du livre a déjà profondément changé dans notre vie. Devant les problèmes actuels de la librairie, on assiste à la floraison d'un certain nombre de travaux qui mettent en question son fonctionnement et proposent des voies différentes. Une certaine confusion règne dans l'éclosion de genres plus ou moins nouveaux : livres illustrés, livres de peintre, livres de luxe, livres de poche, etc. Il s'agit d'y mettre un peu de clarté. Où allons-nous ? Les progrès des communications confrontent le livre auquel nous étions habitués à de nombreux défis. Quel parti peut-on tirer de ceux-ci pour améliorer le passage vers l'océan qu'on espère pacifique d'un nouveau millénaire ? Reproduction du tableau de Paul Gauguin, D'où venons-nous ? Que sommes-nous ? Où allons-nous ? sur le site du Museum of Fine Arts de Boston.

The Letters of Vincent van Gogh: A Critical Study

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Book Series: Cultural Dialectics ISSN: 19158378 ISBN: 9781927356746 9781927356753 9781927356760 Year: Pages: 254 DOI: 10.15215/aupress/9781927356746.01 Language: English
Publisher: Athabasca University Press
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When he died at the age of thirty-seven, Vincent van Gogh left a legacy of over two thousand artworks, for which he is now justly famous. But van Gogh was also a prodigious writer of letters - more than eight hundred of them, addressed to his parents, to friends such as Paul Gauguin, and, above all, to his brother Theo. His letters have long been admired for their exceptional literary quality, and art historians have sometimes drawn on the letters in their analysis of the paintings. And yet, to date, no one has undertaken a critical assessment of this remarkable body of writingÑnot as a footnote to the paintings but as a highly sophisticated literary achievement in its own right. Patrick Grant's long-awaited study provides such an assessment and, as such, redresses a significant omission in the field of van Gogh studies. As Grant demonstrates, quite apart from furnishing a highly revealing self-portrait of their author, the letters are compelling for their imaginative and expressive power, as well as for the perceptive commentary they offer on universal human themes. Through a subtle exploration of van Gogh's contrastive style of thinking and his fascination with the notion of imperfection, Grant illuminates gradual shifts in van Gogh's ideas on religion, ethics, and the meaning of art. He also analyzes the metaphorical significance of a number of key images in the letters, which prove to yield unexpected psychological and conceptual connections, and probes the relationships that surface when the letters are viewed as a cohesive literary product. The result is a wealth of new insights into van Gogh's inner landscape.

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