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CHARDIN AND REMBRANDT. Marcel Proust. David Zwirner, New York, 2016. Distributed by Artbook|D.A.P., New York. 60 pp. with 8 col. ills. 17 x 12 cm. ISBN 9781941701508 In English.
Due date: December 2016. Publisher's description: Long overlooked in Proust's posthumously published writings, Chardin and Rembrandt, written when he was only 24 years old, not only reemphasizes the importance of visual art to his development, but contains the seeds of his later work. Submitted in 1895 by Proust to the newspaper Revue hebdomadaire (it was rejected), this essay is much more than a straightforward piece of art criticism. It is a literary experiment in which an unnamed narrator gives advice to a young man suffering from melancholy, taking him on an imaginary tour through the Louvre where his readings of Chardin imbue the everyday world with new meaning, and his ruminations on Rembrandt take his melancholic pupil beyond the realm of mere objects. Published for the first time as a stand-alone volume and newly translated, this edition, part of the David Zwirner Booksekphrasis series, aims to introduce a wider audience to one of Proust's most important pieces on art. "For the true artist," as Proust writes, "as for the natural scientist, every type is interesting, and even the smallest muscle has its importance." The same could be said of the author's own work -- every essay has its own crucial place in the formation of his groundbreaking oeuvre.
Artist(s):Chardin, Jean-Simeon; Rembrandt van Rijn
Indexing: Unspecified
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 814542
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