Cézanne : la sensation à l'oeuvre = the eye and the mind /
Pavel Machotka.
Marseille : Crès, c2008.
2 v. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm.
9782753700475 (pbk.) :
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Marseille : Crès, c2008.
9782753700475 (pbk.) :
contents note
v. 1. Reproductions -- v. 2. Texts.
general note
Nearly one-half of Cézanne's paintings are reproduced in color in volume one. Volume two provides a thumbnail copy of each painting at the relevant point in the discussion.
language note
Texts in English; editorial matter also in French.
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references (v. 2, p. 259-262) and index.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2009-04-15:
This two-volume set by art history professor Machotka, himself a painter, is a beautiful work of scholarship. The first volume offers 399 color prints of outstanding quality. The second includes series of carefully documented essays that stand alone in examining specific aspects of Cezanne's career but, taken as whole, provide an insightful overview of the artist's development. Machotka's explanation of the narrative paintings is especially noteworthy because he explores how Cezanne's touch (i.e., the translation of his imagination into line, composition, and brushstroke) is linked to the artist's vision and intellectual convictions. This unique book also contains an unexpected treat for librarians: one of the most sensitive, creative indexes this reviewer has ever seen. For example, under "touch," the subdivisions listed include "as integrating, balancing the composition" and "curved, flocculent, fleccy." A bravura work; highly recommended.-Katherine Adams, Bowdoin Coll. Lib., Brunswick, ME (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2009-06-01:
Machotka, a painter and previously a professor (Univ. of California at Santa Cruz) has many publications to his credit, including On Site with P. Cezanne in Provence (2007). The problem of converting visual perception and thought processes into art has long occupied philosophers, psychologists, artists, and art historians. This book's subtitle alerts readers that the consideration of the translation of reality into art is in the driver's seat--as Machotka puts it, "creating a convincing analog of the substance, color and balance of things." The analyses of the integration, including brushstroke, are primary in this study; art historical considerations, while present, take second place. The volume's framework is based on the five main chapters, which separate Cezanne's work into five distinct biographical periods: 1860-71, 1872-79, 1880-84, 1885-95, and 1896-1906. Plaudits for the decision to have the notes--citations and comments--appear at the bottom of the pages. The companion volume contains 399 color illustrations (except for the photographs and drawings). The color illustrations of Cezanne's early paintings are a rarity. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above. E. E. Hirshler emeritus, Denison University
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