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Mysteries of the Rectangle

Essays on Painting
Princeton Architectural Press

By Siri Hustvedt

6 x 9 in; 208 pp;
50 color images
Hardcover
July 2005
ISBN 9781568985183
ISBN10 1568985185

SKU# 9781568985183

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From Siri Hustvedt, author of the bestselling novel What I Loved, comes this inspired collection of essays on painting. Here, Hustvedt concentrates her narrative gifts on the works of such masters as Francisco de Goya, Jan Vermeer, Jean-Baptiste-Si...
Mysteries of the Rectangle


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Mysteries of the Rectangle

From Siri Hustvedt, author of the bestselling novel What I Loved, comes this inspired collection of essays on painting. Here, Hustvedt concentrates her narrative gifts on the works of such masters as Francisco de Goya, Jan Vermeer, Jean-Baptiste-Simon Chardin, Gerhard Richter, and Joan Mitchell.

Hustvedt is concerned with the very act of looking and the limitless rewards to be gleaned from sustained, careful attention. Unlike film and books, which progress over time, "Painting is there all at once," she writes, it is only with patience and repeated viewings that elusive meanings present themselves.

Through her own personal experiences, Hustvedt is able to reveal things until now hidden in plain sight: an egg like detail in Vermeer's Woman with a Pearl Necklace and the many hidden self-portraits in Goya's series of drawings, Los Caprichos, as well as in his infamous painting The Third of May. Most importantly, these essays exhibit the passion, thrill, and sheer pleasure of bewilderment a work of art can produceif you simply take the time to look.

 

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6 x 9 in; 208 pp;
50 color images
Hardcover
July 2005
ISBN 9781568985183
ISBN10 1568985185

Siri Hustvedt is a novelist whose books include Enchantment of Lily Dahl and What I Loved. She makes her home in Brooklyn, New York.