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Looking at Pictures

Looking at Pictures

By Robert Walser
Translated by Susan Bernofsky, Lydia Davis, and Christopher Middleton

Much can be learned by looking at pictures with Robert Walser. Studded with gorgeous full-color images, Looking at Pictures presents a little-known facet of the work of the eccentric Swiss genius: his writings on art. His essays consider Van Gogh, Cezanne, Rembrandt, Cranach, Watteau, Fragonard, Brueghel and his own brother Karl. With his signature asides, jokes, and "great goings-astray," Walser also discusses topics such as the character of the artist and of the dilettante as well as the differences between painters and poets. Every piece is marked by Walser’s unique eye, his delicate, intoxicating perceptiveness, and his very particular sensibilities―and all are touched by his magic screwball wit.

143 pages
Christine Burgin and New Directions, 2015
5 x 0.8 x 7.4 inches
ISBN 9780811224246

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