March 7, 2017

Always Looking: Essays on Art by John Updike

By John Updike

In this posthumous selection of John Updike’s artwork writings, a significant other quantity to the acclaimed Just taking a look (1989) and Still Looking (2005), readers are back taken care of to “remarkably based essays” (Newsday) within which “the mental issues of the novelist force the attention from paintings to paintings till a deep realizing of the artwork emerges” (The manhattan instances e-book Review).

regularly having a look opens with “The readability of Things,” the Jefferson Lecture within the Humanities for 2008. the following, in taking a look heavily at person works by means of Copley, Homer, Eakins, Norman Rockwell, and others, the writer teases out what's traditionally “American” in American artwork. This speak is by means of fourteen essays, so much of them written for The manhattan overview of Books, on sure highlights in Western artwork of the final 200 years: the enduring pictures of Gilbert Stuart and the elegant landscapes of Frederic Edwin Church, the sequence work of Monet and the monotypes of Degas, the richly patterned canvases of Vuillard and the golden extravagances of Klimt, the cryptic triptychs of Beckmann, the private graffiti of Miró, the verbal-visual puzzles of Magritte, and the huge Pop of Oldenburg and Lichtenstein. The publication ends with a attention of modern works by way of a residing American grasp, the steely sculptural environments of Richard Serra.

John Updike used to be a gallery-goer of genius. Always Looking is, like every thing else he wrote, a call for participation to seem, to see, to recognize the visible international throughout the eyes of a connoisseur.

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1784) and his full-length portrait of the redoubtable Captain John Gell (1785), Nature figures as a diagonal blur of pale and dark clouds—a Romantic scribble of windy English weather. In The Skater (William Grant) (1782), a tour de force among Stuart’s best-known works, the disconnect between subject and environment leads us to doubt the reality of the ice upon which the stately skater so gracefully, gravely poses. Lean-necked Eleanor Gordon (c. 1783–84), with her luxuriant tumble of dark-brown hair, lightly holds a sheet of music in a vague setting of thinly brushed beige silhouettes, whether indoors or outdoors is hard to tell.

Andersen, Deborah Garrison, Ken Schneider, and Caroline Zancan. I am deeply indebted to Sarah Almond, who, in securing rights to reproduce the illustrations for this volume, was less a permissions editor than a full partner in bookmaking. Christopher Carduff November 2011 LINDA GRACE HOYER UPDIKE John Updike, 1941 Gelatin silver print, 5 × 31/16″ John H. 1) Preface: Pictures and Words MY MOTHER took this photograph, and dated it precisely on the back: September 21, 1941. I was, therefore, nine years, six months, and three days old.

The painting by Homer chosen for the NEH portfolio, The Veteran in a New Field, also concerns that most deadly of American wars, but from the happier perspective of disarmament. Painted in 1865, the canvas was used for a woodcut in an issue of Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper of July 1867, illustrating an article celebrating the widespread return of armies from the fields of battle as a triumph of a democratic society. The woodcut is liney, stalk by stalk, but the painting is not; the field being harvested forms a wall of solid golden-brown, and the stalks already cut in the foreground are indicated by a quite loose sprawl of dry brushstrokes.

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