The Angel of the Left Bank: The Secrets of Delacroix's Parisian Masterpiece

The Angel of the Left Bank: The Secrets of Delacroix's Parisian Masterpiece #(2020)

The Angel of the Left Bank: The Secrets of Delacroix's Parisian Masterpiece

The Angel of the Left Bank: The Secrets of Delacroix's Parisian Masterpiece

  • Title: The Angel of the Left Bank: The Secrets of Delacroix's Parisian Masterpiece
  • Author: Jean-Paul Kauffmann
  • ISBN: 9780812970869
  • Page: 337
  • Format: Paperback
The Angel of the Left Bank: The Secrets of Delacroix's Parisian Masterpiece By Jean-Paul Kauffmann,



In this mesmerizing examination of Delacroix s crowning masterwork, Jacob Wrestling with the Angel, and of Saint Sulpice, the grand church that houses it, Jean Paul Kauffmann reveals the city of Paris in an entirely new way With the same insight and understanding he brought to his National Book Critics Circle Award nominated The Black Room at Longwood, in The Angel of theIn this mesmerizing examination of Delacroix s crowning masterwork, Jacob Wrestling with the Angel, and of Saint Sulpice, the grand church that houses it, Jean Paul Kauffmann reveals the city of Paris in an entirely new way With the same insight and understanding he brought to his National Book Critics Circle Award nominated The Black Room at Longwood, in The Angel of the Left Bank Jean Paul Kauffmann confronts humanity s struggle with God His muse is Jacob Wrestling with the Angel, Eug ne Delacroix s spiritual testimony and certainly one of his masterpieces, a painting that portrays one of the most enigmatic episodes in Genesis Throughout his careful, impassioned examination of the work, which Delacroix labored over for eight years and finished in 1861, Kauffmann touches on architecture and art history, philosophy and religion, and the luminous city of Paris itself Like a detective, he looks for lingering clues in the places Delacroix frequented and the objects he touched some 150 years ago, seeking to connect with the artist s philosophical and artistic process and, in turn, to discover what truths we might ultimately glean from it His journey makes for enthralling reading.


Recent Comments "The Angel of the Left Bank: The Secrets of Delacroix's Parisian Masterpiece"

What an odd book The author pursues an understanding of Delacroix and his painting through innumerable twists and turns, down blind alleys and up against a wall The reader feels pulled into all these tunnels without much enlightenment Along the way interesting factoids about Delacroix and his parents and contemporaries, and about the innumerable rooms, nooks and crannies of the St Sulpice cathedral I found myself wanting to do my own research, to learn the things and find the illumination the bo [...]

This is non fiction in the Sarah Vowell mode highly idiosyncratic, well researched and full of interesting factoids you half want to log but don t, and so ultimately frustrating although full of nice touches Presumably I would have enjoyed it if I was a fan of Delacroix, but I have to admit I m not, and fail to see what s so special about La Lutte avec l Ange On the other hand, I fully share Kauffmann s love of Saint Sulpice itself, and was frankly envious of the unlimited access he got to all [...]

I picked up this book because my chorus will be performing at Saint Sulpice this April, so I was fascinated to learn about Saint Sulpice and its famous Delacroix paintings Kauffmann s book is almost like a memoir it s the story of his fascination with Jacob Wrestling with the Angel, his process of learning about the painting and the church , his analysis of the painting, and his coming to terms with how his path has collided with this work It certainly gave me an interesting perspective on the [...]

A great true to life story of struggle, art and the prison of life.


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