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Wagering The Land: Ritual, Capital, And Environmental Degradation In The Cordillera Of Northern Luzon, 1900-1986
by Martin W. Lewis
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Jack Flam, Art in America
"One of the most fascinating parts of Lewis's book is her discussion of the parallels between some of Czanne's paintings and the operas of Richard Wagner. . . . Lewis's book is valuable for the way that it places Czanne's early work within a cultural and art-historical context."
Bob Kirsh, The Burlington Magazine
"Lewis presents significant new material and handles it well. If her work is not exhaustive, this is largely because she is a pioneer. Her book is clear and informative, and reflects the sensitiveness she brings to the paintings."
Helen Langdon, Times Literary Supplement
"The breadth of Lewis's imaginative scholarship fundamentally alters the conventional image of Czanne as an isolated artist, brooding over his own dark fantasies."
The persona that Czanne created for himself in his first decade as a painter contributed to critical dismissal of his early work as the chaotic and emotional outpouring of an unbridled imagination. Subsequent scholarship, both formalist and psychoanalytical in orientation, has tended to sustain this view of the unique and powerful body of work created before Czanne's introduction to Impressionism in 1872. Mary Tompkins Lewis here assesses Czanne's first works as a whole, with particular emphasis on the subject paintings, and demonstrates their stylistic and iconographic coherence.
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"Lewis is inaugurating a whole new field in Czanne studies which promises to extend understanding of the artist." (Lawrence Gowing)
About the Author
Mary Tompkins Lewis has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Colgate, and Trinity College. She is currently working on a forthcoming issue of Studies in Modern Art at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City.
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