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What Painting Is

How to Think about Oil Painting Using the Language of Alchemy

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What Painting Is by James Elkins
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In this classic text, James Elkins communicates the experience of painting beyond the traditional vocabulary of art history. Alchemy provides a magical language to explore what it is a painter really does in the studio--the smells, the mess, the struggle to control the uncontrollable, the special knowledge only painters hold of how colors will mix, and how they will look. Written from the perspective of a painter-turned-art historian, this anniversary edition includes a new introduction and preface by Elkins in which he further reflects on the experience of painting and its role in the study of art today.

Author Biography

James Elkins is Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is the author of many books, including How to Use Your Eyes, What Photography Is, Visual Literacy, and Visual Studies: A Skeptical Introduction, among other titles.
Release date Australia
October 25th, 2018
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Edition
2nd New edition
Illustrations
4 Tables, black and white; 15 Illustrations, color; 15 Illustrations, black and white
Imprint
Routledge
Pages
288
ISBN-13
9781138319882
Product ID
28249044

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