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Elegy Landscapes: Constable and Turner and the Intimate Sublime
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Stanley Plumly
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Elegy Landscapes: Constable and Turner and the Intimate Sublime

Stanley Plumly



Art & Architecture;
Art & design styles: Romanticism


272 pages

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Stanley Plumly explores immortality in art through the work of two impressive landscape artists: John Constable and J.M.W. Turner. Seeking the transcendent aesthetic awe of the sublime and reeling from personal tragedy, these painters portrayed the terrible beauty of the natural world from an intimate, close-up perspective. Plumly studies the paintings against the pull of the artists' lives, probing how each finds the sublime in different, though connected, worlds. At once a meditation on the difficulties in achieving truly immortal works of art and an exploration of the relationship between artist and artwork, Elegy Landscapes takes a wide-angled look at the philosophy of the sublime.

By:   Stanley Plumly
Imprint:   Norton
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 218mm,  Width: 165mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   480g
ISBN:   9780393651508
ISBN 10:   0393651509
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   August 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

This is a gorgeous book, visually, conceptually, and in the delights of reading. Stanley Plumly, with intimate immersion in the lives, the world, and the art of these two contemporary nineteenth-century artists, treats us to forty-one prose-poem chapters that are rival works of art in themselves: vignettes of intense, informed imagination, beautifully explicated, delicately informed, sympathetic, revelatory. He thinks as a poet, writes as poet, with the sure-footedness of an informed scholar and on-site researcher. Constable and Turner would come back to life just to see themselves in Elegy Landscapes, and do so, virtually, in Plumly's vivid illuminations. -- Susan J. Wolfson, professor of English, Princeton University In this erudite and probing study, award-winning poet Stanley Plumly yields new insights into the iconic works of John Constable and J.M.W. Turner, Britain's greatest landscape artists. In the pastoral nostalgia of Constable and the modernist fury of Turner, Plumly finds a commonality in their quest to depict the sublime. A compelling portrait of two artists whose work continues to startle and amaze. -- Donna M. Lucey, author of Sargent's Women

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