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Keeping an Eye Open

(2015)
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Flaubert believed that great paintings required no words of explanation. But, as Barnes notes, it is a rare picture that stuns, or argues, us into silence. And when this does happen, we feel compelled to explain the very silence into which we have been plunged. In this illuminating collection of essays on art, Barnes turns his narrative gifts toward some of the most important paintings in the Western canon, eloquently voicing our reactions to these images - what they cause us to think and feel, and why. From Gericault's The Raft of the Medusa to Degas's The Dance Lesson to Braque's Cubism to the "good soft fun" of Oldenburg, Barnes effortlessly fits these pieces into the larger dramas of the artists' lives and works. Taken together, these essays give us a wonderful overview of art from Romanticism onward - and are a true pleasure to read.

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Hardback Editions

October 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art
Author(s): Julian Barnes
ISBN: 0-345-81517-3 / 978-0-345-81517-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Canada
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Paperback Editions

June 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art (Vintage International)
Author(s): Julian Barnes
ISBN: 1-101-87337-X / 978-1-101-87337-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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May 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art
Author(s): Julian Barnes
ISBN: 0-224-10201-X / 978-0-224-10201-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
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Kindle Editions

October 2015 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art
Author(s): Julian Barnes
Publisher: Random House Canada
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