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Cézanne and The Eternal Feminine


Part of Contemporary Artists and their Critics

  • Date Published: March 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521837262

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About the Authors
  • Cézanne's painting The Eternal Feminine, painted in 1878, has been given considerable attention in the literature on this artist, though it has generally embarrassed scholars because it suggests aspects of the artist's personality that many connoisseurs in the past would rather have repressed. The painting has been known by a variety of titles and, as Wayne Andersen has discovered, has also been altered. He traced these alterations to an art dealer who made them in an effort to render the painting more marketable. This volume is the first to interrogate the original state of The Eternal Feminine and to resolve its mysterious importance to Cézanne and, more broadly, the history of art. Devoting a separate chapter to each of the titles by which the picture has been known, Andersen resolves its hidden meaning while providing a fresh look at Cézanne's artistic process.

    • Was the first book to engage in an in-depth discussion of the alteration of Cézanne's The Eternal Feminine
    • Unlocks the multiple titles and hidden meanings attributed to the painting
    • Explores the painting's influence on art history and the career of Cézanne
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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521837262
    • length: 266 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.68kg
    • contains: 109 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The eternal feminine
    2. The miracle of her restored vision
    3. Les Spectacles des Fêtes Foraines
    4. Ambroise Vollard's show window
    5. Leda and the Swan
    6. The clothed and the naked
    7. The Death of Sardanapalus
    8. The whore of Babylon
    9. Venus, venal, venality
    10. The sacrifice of the eose
    11. Hero and Leander
    12. The apotheosis of Delacroix
    13. The vicissitudes of love
    14. Wives in crisis
    15. Why not put the eyes at the crotch
    16. From whose point of view
    17. The sand-man.

  • Author

    Wayne Andersen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Wayne Andersen is Professor Emeritus of History, Theory and Criticism of Art and Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of a number of volumes on aspects of nineteenth and twentieth century art, most recently Picasso's Brothel: Les Demoiselles d'Avignon and The Youth of Cézanne and Zola.

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