Immortal Thoughts

Immortal Thoughts: Late Style in a Time of Plague

Art & Design , Art History , Entertainment
Hardback Published on: 30/03/2023
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Immortal Thoughts
The great masters as you’ve never seen them before
‘Immortal Thoughts’ transports the reader straight into the final years of renowned artists such as Michelangelo or Constable and explores how the confront... READ MORE
Melanie
Immortal Thoughts
Amazing Perspective on the History of Art! x
When I saw that Max Porter left a review, I knew this book was going to be a work of art on its own. I was absolutely impressed and speechless at the flow ... READ MORE
Brena  Newnham
Immortal Thoughts
Illuminating
I read this as someone who is no expert in art or art history. I loved it. You can see how well researched it has been despite the confines of a global pan... READ MORE
Michael Morgan
Immortal Thoughts
A fantastic and moving account of the ability of art to move us
Thanks to Hachette for sending me a proof copy in exchange for an honest review, which you can find below. One of the most significant aspects of art is h... READ MORE
Sam E
Immortal Thoughts
Shows My Own Ignorance
I read and loved Unquiet Landscape by Christopher Neve so was very excited to read this. This is a series of imagined snapshots of artists. Neve, in his Se... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley

Synopsis

Hatchards Non-Fiction Book of the Month for April 2023. In this collection of nineteen suggestive, generative, thought-provoking essays on art and artists’ final works, Neve’s approach to looking at paintings is full of passion and compassion, wisdom and understanding as he brings a renewed and vivid freshness to our ways of seeing works by Poussin and Bonnard amongst many others.

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A remarkable, heartfelt, beautifully written analysis of the late work of 19 major artists that Max Porter describes as 'completely and utterly marvellous'. 'Painting... exists and exults in immortal thoughts' - William Blake In 2020, as the spread of Covid-19 causes pandemonium worldwide, an elderly artist returns to his childhood home to watch the transcendent beauty of the seasons and reflect on the final work of the artists he most admires. It seems to him that in their final art works - their late style - that they have something remarkable in common. This has more to do with intuition and memory than with rationality or reason and comes from trying to write about painting itself. Immortal Thoughts: Late Style in a Time of Plague is an anthology of these reflections. In this personal and moving account, nineteen short essays on artists are interspersed with short accounts of the cataclysmic global progress of the disease in poignant contrast to the beauty of the seasons in the isolated house and garden, narrative strands that are closely intertwined. From Cezanne's last watercolours to Michelangelo's final five drawings, Rembrandt and suffering to Gwen John and absence, Christopher Neve dwells on artists' late ideas, memory, risk, handling and places, in the terrible context of Time and mortality. As much art history as a discussion of great art in the context of the Dance of Death, Neve writes with renewed passion about Bonnard, Michelangelo, Morandi, Poussin, Soutine and many others in his distinctive style.

  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780500025796
  • Number of pages: 160
  • Weight: 360g
  • Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm

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