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A study of Vermeer

Author: Edward A Snow; Johannes Vermeer
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Government publication : English : Revised and enlarged edView all editions and formats
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"We respond so intensely to Vermeer, suggests Edward Snow in this landmark study of the artist, because his paintings reach so deeply into our lives. Our desire for images, the distances that separate us, the validations we seek from the still world, the traces of ghostliness in our own human presence - these are Vermeer's themes. Whether his paintings depict a remote view of the everyday life of a city, an intimate  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Johannes Vermeer; Johannes Vermeer
Material Type: Government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edward A Snow; Johannes Vermeer
ISBN: 0520071301 9780520071308 0520071328 9780520071322
OCLC Number: 1000550437
Description: 217 pages : illustrations
Responsibility: Edward Snow.

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Tracing the many counterpoised sensations that make up Vermeer's equanimity, this book leads us into a world of nuances and surprise. It features over eighty illustrations. It is suitable for  Read more...

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   schema:reviewBody ""We respond so intensely to Vermeer, suggests Edward Snow in this landmark study of the artist, because his paintings reach so deeply into our lives. Our desire for images, the distances that separate us, the validations we seek from the still world, the traces of ghostliness in our own human presence - these are Vermeer's themes. Whether his paintings depict a remote view of the everyday life of a city, an intimate exchange between a man and a woman, or a solitary figure absorbed in some familiar activity, their quiet realism is in dialogue with the uncanny, and has the power both to estrange and reassure. Scenes like A View of Delft can make us feel, in Snow's words, "either that we are in the hands of God or that all passes into oblivion, either that we are weighted down or weightlessly suspended, either that the world is there beneath our feet or that nothing exists beyond the moment of perception." As the author traces the elaborately counterpoised sensations that make up Vermeer's equanimity, he opens our eyes to a depicted world where nuances proliferate and details continually surprise."--BOOK JACKET. "A Study of Vermeer, first published in 1979 and here presented in a revised and intricately enlarged version, is passionate and visual in its commitments. Snow works from the conviction that viewing pictures is a reciprocal act - symbiotic, consequential, real. His analysis of Vermeer's paintings are focused on details and conducted in a language of patient observation; at the same time they bring the act of looking to the viewing threshold, where imperatives of distance-keeping mingle with fantasies of crossing over and taking apart. Such close attention to the paintings involves the reader in an experience of deepening relationship and ongoing visual discovery. A Study of Vermeer has been designed to facilitate this process: over eighty illustrations, fifty-nine in color (including two full-page foldouts), accompany the text so that the details under discussion will be continuously in view. The result is a book to enthrall not only students of Vermeer but anyone who feels the exhilaration of what Cezanne called "thinking in images.""--Jacket." ;
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