Painted Poetry: Colour in Baudelaire's Art Criticism by Ann Kennedy SmithPainted Poetry: Colour in Baudelaire's Art Criticism by Ann Kennedy Smith

Painted Poetry: Colour in Baudelaire's Art Criticism

byAnn Kennedy Smith

Paperback | March 17, 2011

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Before becoming a poet, Charles Baudelaire was an art critic; and he made his literary début with the Salon de 1845. Its failure to find a receptive audience led him to write the groundbreaking Salon de 1846 with its pivotal chapter on colour, in which Baudelaire challenged fundamental critical concepts of art by insisting on colour’s complexity, expressivity and modernity. Through a close reading of his critical essays on art, this book examines how Baudelaire’s thoughts on colour developed throughout his life and sets them in the context of traditional views of colour. What effect did the new scientific theories of colour harmony, filtered through his conversations with Delacroix and other artists, have on Baudelaire? Why did he see Daumier as a colourist, but not Ingres? What made him turn his back on French art in 1859 and which artist changed his mind? Baudelaire’s interest in a highly personal form of colour symbolism is investigated, as well as the part that colour plays in developing his later, central idea of a creative and poetic imagination capable of translating all the arts.
Ann Kennedy Smith is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and wrote her doctoral thesis on Baudelaire’s art criticism at the University of Cambridge. She lives in Cambridge and works as a freelance editor and tutor for the Institute of Continuing Education at the University of Cambridge and the Workers’ Educational Association.
Title:Painted Poetry: Colour in Baudelaire's Art CriticismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:6 × 9 × 1 inPublished:March 17, 2011Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3039110942

ISBN - 13:9783039110940


Table of Contents

Contents: Colour Blindness: Perceptions of Colour before Baudelaire – Colour Vision: The Science of Seeing – Colour and Drawing: Resolving the Conflict? – Colour Symbolism: Art, Poetry and Music – Colour and Imagination: Translating the Dream.