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Elegy landscapes : Constable and Turner and the intimate sublime / Stanley Plumly.

By: Plumly, Stanley [author.].
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2018]Edition: First edition.Description: xv, 251 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780393651508; 0393651509.Subject(s): Sublime, The, in art | Sublime dans l'artDDC classification: 759.2 LOC classification: ND497.C7 | P59 2018Summary: "Following his 'obsessive, intricate, intimate, and brilliant' (Washington Post) work in Posthumous Keats and The Immortal Evening, renowned poet Stanley Plumly further explores immortality in art through the work of two impressive landscape artists: John Constable and J.M.W. Turner. How is it that this disparate pair will come to be regarded as Britain's supreme landscape painters, precursors to Impressionism and Modernism? How did each painter's life influence his work? Seeking the transcendent aesthetic awe of the sublime and reeling from personal tragedy, these talented 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-angle look at the philosophy of the sublime"-- Provided by publisher.
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"Following his 'obsessive, intricate, intimate, and brilliant' (Washington Post) work in Posthumous Keats and The Immortal Evening, renowned poet Stanley Plumly further explores immortality in art through the work of two impressive landscape artists: John Constable and J.M.W. Turner. How is it that this disparate pair will come to be regarded as Britain's supreme landscape painters, precursors to Impressionism and Modernism? How did each painter's life influence his work? Seeking the transcendent aesthetic awe of the sublime and reeling from personal tragedy, these talented 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-angle look at the philosophy of the sublime"-- Provided by publisher.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-237) and index.

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How did two men living at the same time, in roughly the same place, with similar careers manage to live wildly different lives? Plumly (Posthumous Keats; The Immortal Evening) tells us exactly how in this dual biography of landscape painters John Constable (1776-1837) and William Turner (1775-1851). Born a year apart and with 14 years between their deaths, both artists chose the natural world as their subject for paintings that would later inspire impressionists and modernists. Although they were considered rivals, their lives could not help but be intertwined. Plumly offers a well-rounded look at both men's personal lives and artistic styles, depicting them as separate but equal artists heavily influenced by their individual experiences. VERDICT Fans of the English landscape and 18th- and 19th--century art will enjoy this successful deep dive into the lives of Constable and Turner.-Rebecca Kluberdanz, New York P.L. © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Stanley Ross Plumly was born in Barnesville, Ohio on May 23, 1939. He received a bachelor's degree from Wilmington College in Ohio in 1961 and a master's degree from Ohio University in 1968. He taught at the University of Iowa, Princeton University, Columbia University, and the University of Houston before coming to the University of Maryland in 1985. He founded the graduate program in creative writing there before retiring 2018. <p> His first collection of poetry, In the Outer Dark, was published 1970. His collections of poetry included Now That My Father Lies Down Beside Me: New and Selected Poems 1970-2000, Orphan Hours, Against Sunset, and Old Heart: Poems. He was Maryland's poet laureate from 2009 to 2018. He edited the Ohio Review and the Iowa Review and several anthologies of poetry. He also wrote nonfiction books including Posthumous Keats, The Immortal Evening, and Elegy Landscapes: Constable and Turner and the Intimate Sublime. He died of complications from multiple myeloma on April 11, 2019 at the age of 79. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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