Watteau and His World
By Jed Perl
(Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780307385949, 207pp.)
Publication Date: September 15, 2009
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Perl creates an astonishing experience by gathering his reflections on this "master of silken surfaces and elusive emotions" in the form of an alphabet--a fairy tale for adults--giving us a new way to think about art. This brilliant collage of a book is a hunt for the treasure of Watteau's life and vision that encompasses the glamour and intrigue of eighteenth-century Paris, the riotous history of Harlequin and Pierrot, and the work of such modern giants as Cezanne, Picasso, and Samuel Beckett.
By turns somber and beguiling, analytical and impressionistic, "Antoine's Alphabet "reaffirms the contemporary relevance of the greatest of all painters of young love and imperishable dreams. It is a book to savor, to share, to return to again and again.
"From the Hardcover edition.