A good book that uses 18th and 19th century artists and travelers with relevance to the Authors travels. The reasons why we travel and what we see.
Great read when you are visiting a place, or is planning to visit a place mentioned in the book. The author weave together his feelings and the arts that represent the place. A bit abstract, but if you are a lover of art and travel, you should give this book a quick read at least....Continua
Admittedly, I don't fancy essay (prose?) as must as fiction. I just find the renowned book talks too much. And I think there is a sense of pretentious, like the author's writing the book for the sake of writing the book....
But still, I find some narration quite interesting....Continua
It Struck me as awkwardly true that I had not much admired Provence before I began to study its depiction in Van Gogh's work. but in its desire to mock art lovers, Pascal's maxim was in danger of skirting two important points. Admiring a painting that depicts a place we know but don't like seems absurd and pretentious if we imagine that painters do nothing but reproduce exactly what lies before them. If that were true, then all we could admire in a painting object and the glamorous name of the painter, in which case we would have little difficulty agreeing with Pascal's description of painting as a vain pursuit....Continua