Keeping an Eye Open

Keeping an Eye Open


Man Booker Prize winner Julian Barnes first began writing about art with a chapter in his 1989 novel, A History of the World in 10½ Chapters, dedicated to Géricault’s The Raft of the Medusa. Over the next three decades, he would go on to write a series of essays, chiefly about French artists.

Keeping an Eye Open contains Barnes’ essays on artists and influential figures. It includes his writings on Géricault, Delacroix, Courbet, Manet, Morisot, Fantin-Latour, Cézanne, Degas, Cassatt, Redon, Van Gogh, the legendary critic Huysmans, Bonnard, Vuillard, Vallotton, Braque, Magritte, Oldenburg, Howard Hodgkin and Lucian Freud.

Barnes’ essays paint a picture of how art evolved from Romanticism to Realism, and eventually Modernism. It also gives us new perspectives on the relationship between writers and artists, and tells the interesting story of rivalry among Russian collectors of French art in the 19th-century.

Product Code 1050860
Author Julian Barnes
Dimensions 15.5 cm x 3.7 cm x 22.9 cm
Format Paperback
Pages 384
Publisher Vintage
Published November 2020
ISBN 9781787332898
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