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Just Looking: Essays on Art

Updike, John

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ISBN 10: 0394579046 / ISBN 13: 9780394579047
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, 1989
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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1st printing trade edition cloth hard cover with dust jacket. Old price and faint smudge on front flyleaf. Dust jacket is lightly rubbed, now in a new mylar cover. viii, 210pp., index, illustrations. Twenty-two essays on art with subjects ranging from Andrew Wyeth's Helga paintings to children's book illustrators to classic masters Vermeer, Monet, Degas and others. Size: 4to - over 9" - 12" Tall. Bookseller Inventory # 051083

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Title: Just Looking: Essays on Art

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition.

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Artwork by John Updike.

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The wit and sharp observation one expects from novelist/short story writer/poet/essayist Updike are found in these 23 pieces on art, supplemented by 193 plates. He offers trenchant views on Monet ("painting Nature in her nudity"); John Singer Sargent ("too facile"); Andrew Wyeth's "heavily hyped" series of Helga nudes; Degas's "patient invention of the snapshot before the camera itself was technically able to arrest motion and record the poetry of visual accident." He hops playfully from the "tender irony" of Richard Estes's hyperrealist Telephone Booths to a Vermeer townscape, and from children's book illustration to American children as depicted by Winslow Homer. He pauses to savor the unfamiliar or forgotten: Ralph Barton's wiry New Yorker cartoons, French sculptor Jean Ipousteguy's futuristic re-visioning of human anatomy, the elaborate, studied fantasies of churchgoing Yankee painter Erastus Salisbury Field.
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