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What Painting Is : How to Think About Oil Painting, Using the Language of Alchemy.

Author: James Elkins
Publisher: Florence : Taylor and Francis, 2004. ©2005
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Unlike many books on painting that usually talk about art or painters, James Elkins' compelling and original work focuses on alchemy, for like the alchemist, the painter seeks to transform and be transformed by the medium. In What Painting Is, James Elkins communicates the experience of painting beyond the traditional vocabulary of art history. Alchemy provides a magical language to explore what it is a painter  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Elkins, James.
What Painting Is : How to Think About Oil Painting, Using the Language of Alchemy.
Florence : Taylor and Francis, ©2004
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: James Elkins
ISBN: 9780203011614 0203011619
OCLC Number: 1048400191
Description: 1 online resource (252 pages)
Contents: Book Cover --
Half-Title --
Title --
Copyright --
Dedication --
Contents --
Color Plates --
Introduction --
1 A short course in forgetting chemistry --
2 How to count in oil and stone --
1 --
2 --
3 --
4 --
3 The mouldy materia prima --
4 How do substances occupy the mind? --
5 Coagulating, cohobating, macerating, reverberating --
CONGELATION --
DISTILLATION --
SUBLIMATION --
CIRCULATION --
DIGESTION --
CERATION --
PRECIPITATION AND SOLUTION --
DEATH --
MINOR METHODS --
6 The studio as a kind of psychosis --
7 Steplessness --
8 The beautiful reddish light of the philosopher's stone --
9 Last words --
Notes --
Index.

Abstract:

Unlike many books on painting that usually talk about art or painters, James Elkins' compelling and original work focuses on alchemy, for like the alchemist, the painter seeks to transform and be transformed by the medium. In What Painting Is, James Elkins communicates the experience of painting beyond the traditional vocabulary of art history. Alchemy provides a magical language to explore what it is a painter really does in her or his studio - the smells, the mess, the struggle to control the uncontrollable, the special knowledge only painters hold of how colours will mix, and how they will look. Written from the perspective of a painter-turned-art historian, What Painting Is is like nothing you have ever read about art.

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