Reading Pictures: A History of Love and Hate

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Random House, 2000 - Art - 337 pages
Reading Pictures looks at the work of great artists-from the intensely familiar to the undiscovered-and examines the stories behind them, tracing the passage of life into art. Pablo Picasso torments his mistress Dora Maar and then paints brilliant studies of her grief-crumpled face; these evolve into the weeping woman in his great indictment of fascism, "Guernica." Manguel untangles what this story, and countless others, shows us of our twin impulses toward creation and destruction. A tour of the psyche more than of the museum, this book dares to ponder, with contagious wonder, why we create.
Not since John Berger's influential Ways of Seeing has an essayist so eloquently examined what happens when we are moved by profound works of art and how we decode a wordless language that touches us so intimately. Richly illustrated, Reading Pictures shows us that there is no limit to the stories we may find if we look with care and delight.

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User Review  - Melissarochell - LibraryThing

Some of his examples were completely fascinating, while others seemed like basics from an Art History class. Worth reading for the good parts due to some of his impressive examples. Found myself ... Read full review

READING PICTURES: A History of Love and Hate

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A middling work of art history and criticism by the noted literary essayist (Into the Looking-Glass Wood, 2000, etc.).Manguel views art as a process of creation and destruction whose signs are to be ... Read full review


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Alberto Manguel is the acclaimed author of several award-winning books, including A Dictionary of Imaginary Places and A History of Reading, which was an international bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book, a Times Literary Supplement International Book of the Year, and Winner of France's Prix Medicis. He is a widely sought-after speaker, and will lecture at museums worldwide, including the Louvre, ont he publication of Reading Pictures. He was born in Buenos Aires and lives in France.

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