Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art (Paperback)
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Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 07/05/2015
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Keeping an Eye Open is Man Booker Prize winning Julian Barnes' dazzling collection of essays on art. Looking at Manet, Freud and Picasso to name but a few, his writing is subtle and elegantly crafted.
 
As Julian Barnes puts it himself, "It is a rare picture which stuns, or argues, us into silence. And if one does, it is only a short time before we want to explain and understand the very silence into which we have been plunged." 
 

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780224102018
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 698 g
Dimensions: 223 x 153 x 27 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
[A] beautifully produced and judiciously illustrated collection. -- Keith Miller, 4 stars * Daily Telegraph *
The essay on Lucian Freud...is completely brilliant. I feel uplifted by it... It is a wonderful book. -- Celia Paul
I became entirely mesmerised by Barnes' prose... Keeping an Eye Open is a rich and thoughtful book that should not be rushed. These essays are too full of chiaroscuro, their flashes of illumination too fascinating, their connections too interesting for a cursory reading. * Independent *
It's a readable, riveting, informed work with sharp, marvelous anecdotes and observations. In this beautifully illustrated book you're in great company. Barnes is a sane and steady guide... Wonderful stuff. * Irish Independent *
Extremely rewarding, informative, attentive, thoughtful, entertaining essays. * Evening Standard *
This is an erudite, entertaining and highly personal collection of essays from the Booker Prize-winning novelist. * Tatler *
For their insights all these essays are worth reading. * Oldie *
Barnes's essays abound in verbal images that are pictorially vivid. * Observer *
This magnificent survey draws its strength from its intensely personal focus, each piece reverberating off others despite the long span of their composition. It's a stream of thinking, over years, rather than a set of disparate essays... [A] fascinating and brilliant book. * Financial Times *
The pieces show Barnes to be a sympathetic and enthusiastic critic, with a tremendous ability to convey the visceral impact of a painting. * Sunday Times *

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