A Life
Profile Books Ltd (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 18. November 2021
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'The first significant biography of the artist' Michael Prodger, The Times' 'Best art books of 2021'

'For those who love Magritte and those who do not, Danchev's biography will come as a revelation' Literary Review

'[A] monumental biography of the inimitable surrealist artist ... sure to be the definitive account of the extraordinary artist's life' Publishers Weekly

The first major biography for our time, from the celebrated biographer of Cezanne

Rene Magritte's surreal sensibility, deadpan melodrama, and fine-tuned outrageousness have all become inescapably part of our times. But these groundbreaking subversions all came from a middle-class Belgian gent, who kept a modest house in a Brussels suburb and whose first one-man show sold absolutely nothing.

Through a deep examination of Magritte's friendships and his artistic development, Alex Danchev explores the path of an highly unconventional artist who posed profound questions about the relationship between image and reality, challenged the very nature of authenticity and whose influence can be seen in the work of everyone from Jasper Johns to Beyonce.
  • Englisch
  • London
  • |
  • Großbritannien
  • Reflowable
X2 16P Plate SectionB&W Illustrations throughout
978-1-84765-917-0 (9781847659170)

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Alex Danchev, who died as he was finishing this biography, was the author of Georges Braque and Cezanne: A Life, as well as a new translation of The Letters of Paul Cezanne. He was a professor of International Relations at the University of St Andrews, where his archive resides.

Sarah Whitfield is an art historian. She is the coeditor of Rene Magritte: Catalogue Raisonne, and she serves on the Rene Magritte authentication committee.
Diligent and insightful ... Danchev proved an indefatigable researcher, and Sarah Whitfield does full justice to his labours -- Tim Adams * Observer * The first significant biography of the artist -- Michael Prodger, 'Best art books of 2021' * The Times * Offers enthralling insight into the man behind the easel -- Susan Swarbrick and Teddy Jamieson, 'The 50 best books to give this Christmas' * Herald * [A] monumental biography of the inimitable surrealist artist ... sure to be the definitive account of the extraordinary artist's life * Publishers Weekly * This is a fine book, and Whitfield's tenth chapter, covering the last twenty years of its subject's life, does Danchev's efforts full justice ... for those who love Magritte and those who do not, Danchev's biography will come as a revelation -- Charles Darwent * Literary Review * Praise for Alex Danchev's Cezanne:

Danchev's Cezanne has... virtues of imaginative sympathy, independence of mind, and wide scholarship. He writes as if Cezanne's life and character are as immediately present before him as is the art. -- Julian Barnes * Times Literary Supplement * A brave new life of Cezanne ... much of this new material successfully illuminates Cezanne's inner life. An important book. * Sunday Times * This is the best account of [Cezanne's] astonishing career and Danchev responds to the challenge with great sensitivity and genuine brio. This is a book which will survive the test of time. -- John Golding CBE, Emeritus Professor of the Royal Academy The most engrossing biography of an artist that I have read for years. With lightness of touch, depth of thought, a vast cultural hinterland and an assured understanding of painting, Danchev marvellously brings to life Cezanne the man, as well as the pioneering artist called "the father of us all" by Picasso. -- Jackie Wullschlager * FT *

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