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Bathers (Les Grandes Baigneuses)

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Description: Barnett Newman: A Catalogue Raisonné
In its spatial and temporal senses, the prefix meta signifies “beyond”: situated after, past, above, underneath, or even behind something else. Applied to a concept or category, meta usually identifies a set of issues, operations, or objects that supersede or transcend whatever else corresponds to the type. The merely “beyond” becomes the...
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Related print edition pages: pp.3-43
Description: The Art of Impressionism: Painting Technique and the Making of Modernity
A fundamental conflict characterised both the theories and practices of painting in nineteenth-century France. On the one hand, allegiance to an inherited tradition of Italianate clair-obscur provided the rationale for painting dark to light: modelling in a subtle gradation of blended half-tones separated thinly glazed, transparent shadows and opaque impasted lights. In contrast,...
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Related print edition pages: pp.86-97
Description: Farewell to an Idea: Episodes from a History of Modernism
Modernism and materialism go together. This does not mean, any more than with modernism and socialism, that the fellowship was always recognized or welcomed at the time; or that, even when it was, artists agreed on which version of materialism to follow and exactly how. Cézanne, for instance, seems to have missed the point of Seurat’s atomism (possibly because he had too few opportunities to see Seurat’s paintings firsthand). Malevich thought the Constructivists were clanking along with …
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Related print edition pages: pp.139-167
Description: Patterns of Intention: On the Historical Explanation of Pictures
A WORD must be said about ‘intention’, I suppose. I have declared an interest in addressing pictures partly by making inferences about their causes, this both because it is pleasurable and because a disposition towards causal inference seems to penetrate our thought and language too deeply to be excised, at least without doing oneself a quite disabling mischief. But since pictures are human productions, one element in the causal field behind a picture will be volition, and this overlaps with …
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Related print edition pages: pp.41-73

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