Pictures and Tears: A History of People Who Have Cried in Front of Paintings

by Elkins, James

Routledge | November 16, 2013 | Kobo Edition (eBook) |

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Art Does art leave you cold? And is that what it's supposed to do? Or is a painting meant to move you to tears? Hemingway was reduced to tears in the midst of a drinking bout when a painting by James Thurber caught his eye. And what's bad about that? In Pictures and Tears, art historian James Elkins tells the story of paintings that have made people cry. Drawing upon anecdotes related to individual works of art, he provides a chronicle of how people have shown emotion before works of art in the past, and a meditation on the curious tearlessness with which most people approach art in the present. Deeply personal, Pictures and Tears is a history of emotion and vulnerability, and an inquiry into the nature of art. This book is a rare and invaluable treasure for people who love art. Also includes an 8-page color insert.

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Published: November 16, 2013

Publisher: Routledge

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 113595013X

ISBN - 13: 9781135950132

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Pictures and Tears: A History of People Who Have Cried in Front of Paintings

Pictures and Tears: A History of People Who Have Cried in Front of Paintings

by Elkins, James

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: November 16, 2013

Publisher: Routledge

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 113595013X

ISBN - 13: 9781135950132

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Art Does art leave you cold? And is that what it's supposed to do? Or is a painting meant to move you to tears? Hemingway was reduced to tears in the midst of a drinking bout when a painting by James Thurber caught his eye. And what's bad about that? In Pictures and Tears, art historian James Elkins tells the story of paintings that have made people cry. Drawing upon anecdotes related to individual works of art, he provides a chronicle of how people have shown emotion before works of art in the past, and a meditation on the curious tearlessness with which most people approach art in the present. Deeply personal, Pictures and Tears is a history of emotion and vulnerability, and an inquiry into the nature of art. This book is a rare and invaluable treasure for people who love art. Also includes an 8-page color insert.
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