The Brush and the Pen : Odilon Redon and Literature

The Brush and the Pen : Odilon Redon and Literature

Description

French symbolist artist Odilon Redon (1840-1916) seemed to thrive at the intersection of literature and art. Known as "the painter-writer", he drew on the works of Poe, Baudelaire, Flaubert, and Mallarme for his subject matter. And yet he concluded that visual art has nothing to do with literature. Examining this apparent contradiction, "The Brush and the Pen" transforms the way we understand Redon's career and brings to life the interaction between writers and artists in fin-de-siecle Paris. Dario Gamboni tracks Redon's evolution from collaboration with the writers of symbolism and decadence to a defense of the autonomy of the visual arts. He argues that Redon's conversion was the symptom of a mounting crisis in the relationship between artists and writers, provoked at the turn of the century by the growing power of art criticism that foreshadowed the modernist separation of the arts into intractable fields. In addition to being a distinguished study of this provocative artist, "The Brush and the Pen" offers a critical reappraisal of the interaction of art, writing, criticism, and government institutions in late nineteenth-century France.


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Details

Author(s)
Dario Gamboni, Mary Whittall
Format
Hardback | 416 pages
Dimensions
152 x 229 x 38.1mm | 716.68g
Publication date
05 Jan 2012
Publisher
The University of Chicago Press
Imprint
University of Chicago Press
Publication City/Country
Chicago, IL, United States
Language
English
Edition
Revised
Edition Statement
Revised, Updated
ISBN10
0226280551
ISBN13
9780226280554
Bestsellers rank
1,493,901