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Title :

What painting is : how to think about oil painting, using the language of alchemy

Author :
ELKINS, James ;
Publication year :
1999
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Uses the language of alchemy to explore what a painter achieves in the studio - emphasizing the material of the paint and the process of making. The author writes: 'alchemy is the best and most eloquent way to understand how paint can mean: how it can be so entrancing, so utterly addictive, so replete with expressive force, that it can keep hold of an artist's attention for an entire lifetime. Alchemists had immediate, intuitive knowledge of waters and stones, and their obscure books can help give voice to the ongoing fascination of painting'. ;
Pagination/Size :
246 ; x, 246 p., [15] p. of pl.; ill. (15 col.) ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Alchimie ; Peinture ; 1400-2000 ;
Descriptors :
Alchemy ; Painting ; 1400-2000 ;
Document type :
Ouvrage ;
INIST identifier :
24968720 ;
ISBN :
ISBN 0415921139 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
New York; London; Routledge
Publisher country :
UNITED STATES ; UNITED KINGDOM ;