Pictures & Tears

Pictures & Tears

A History of People Who Have Cried in Front of Paintings

Book - 2004
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Art Does art leave you cold? And is that what it's supposed to do? Or is a painting meant to move you to tears? Hemingway was reduced to tears in the midst of a drinking bout when a painting by James Thurber caught his eye. And what's bad about that? In Pictures and Tears, art historian James Elkins tells the story of paintings that have made people cry. Drawing upon anecdotes related to individual works of art, he provides a chronicle of how people have shown emotion before works of art in the past, and a meditation on the curious tearlessness with which most people approach art in the present. Deeply personal, Pictures and Tears is a history of emotion and vulnerability, and an inquiry into the nature of art. This book is a rare and invaluable treasure for people who love art. Also includes an 8-page color insert.
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2004
ISBN: 9780415970532
Branch Call Number: 750.11 Elk 3558ad 1
Characteristics: xiii, 272 p. :,ill. (chiefly col.)
Alternative Title: Pictures and tears


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Jul 11, 2011

An intriguing look at why contemporary art patrons are not as likely to be moved to weep before a painting.

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Jul 11, 2011

Liber_vermis thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over


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