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The Resource So much longing in so little space : the art of Edvard Munch, Karl Ove Knausgaard ; translated from the Norwegian by Ingvild Burkey

So much longing in so little space : the art of Edvard Munch, Karl Ove Knausgaard ; translated from the Norwegian by Ingvild Burkey

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So much longing in so little space : the art of Edvard Munch
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So much longing in so little space
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the art of Edvard Munch
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Karl Ove Knausgaard ; translated from the Norwegian by Ingvild Burkey
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"A brilliant and personal examination by sensational and bestselling author Karl Ove Knausgaard of his Norwegian compatriot Edvard Munch, the famed artist best known for his iconic painting The Scream In So Much Longing in So Little Space, Karl Ove Knausgaard sets out to understand the enduring and awesome power of Edvard Munch's work by training his gaze on the landscapes that inspired Munch and speaking firsthand with other contemporary artists, including Anselm Kiefer, for whom Munch's legacy looms large. Bringing together art history, biography, and memoir, Knausgaard tells a passionate, freewheeling, and pensive story about not just one of history's most significant painters, but the very meaning of choosing the artist's life, as he himself has done. Including reproductions of some of Munch's most emotionally and psychologically intense works, chosen by Knausgaard, this utterly original and ardent work of criticism will delight and educate both experts and novices of literature and the visual arts alike"--
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  • Norwegian modernist painter Edvard Munch, whose masterpiece The Scream is one of art’s best-known depictions of an unhinged psychological freak-out, is a prosaic yet mysterious figure in this knotty aesthetic-biographical study. Norwegian novelist Knausgaard (My Struggle) ponders many Munch paintings (he includes reproductions), delves into his lonely life—the deaths of family members in early life left him gun-shy about relationships and perpetually alienated, Knausgaard writes—and conducts lengthy interviews with artists about Munch’s influence and legacy. The results are uneven, by turns illuminating and obscure. Knausgaard’s analysis of The Scream shows how it evokes a world subsumed in a crazy, distorted perspective without any sane vantage point to shelter viewers, an example of Munch’s ability to visually capture emotions. Often, though, Knausgaard lapses into murky art-crit pensées, as in his assessment of The Sick Child as “a picture which at one and the same time comes into being and is destroyed.” Knausgaard inserts his own droll, hang-dog psychic travails—asked to curate a Munch exhibition, he feels like a failure for showcasing subpar paintings—as a much-needed relief from high-falutin’ theory. Unfortunately, his sometimes turgid and baffling passages on the art exemplify how difficult it is to convey in words the visceral impact of images. Photos. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed 11/26/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 48, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Although a fine primer on Norwegian painter Edvard Munch (1863-1944), this book is more about the experience of wandering into the world of art and being consumed by its confluence of history, narrative, and sublimity. Munch, who created more than 1,700 paintings, is the perfect match for the prolific Knausgaard (My Struggle: Book Six, 2018, etc.), who teases out a history and critical reading of the artist that resonates with his own literary work. Fans of the author's acclaimed autobiographical novels will find this book to be of Rosetta Stone-like importance as he delves into Munch's exploration of memory and how the artist rendered the past in a way that still feels both intimate and universally relatable. Munch was a painter of the realm between depiction and feeling; his work simultaneously re-creates a representational vision along with the emotions associated with those memories. "The space in which the story unfolds is as important as the story," explains the author. Munch's paintings capture both a likeness and an essence and are often imbued with inescapable themes of longing, nostalgia, and anxiety. His work "invites reflection about what painting meant" to him and prompts contemplation on not just the depicted image and the artist's history, but the empathetic connectivity between the two. Knausgaard admits he is not "in favor of a biographical approach to art," and it shows: He jumps among paintings, biographical fragments, and interviews with other artists with disregard for traditional narrative flow. A section following the author's curatorial foray at the Munch Museum is followed by an interview with filmmaker Joachim Trier. This all may seem baggy and misdirected, but it is in fact appropriate when discussing Munch, who saw patterns in his own chaos and assembled a body of seemingly-unrelated work into what became known as his celebrated "Frieze of Life." Knausgaard's chaos, too, finds a striking vitality. An immersive, impassioned history that illuminates both subject and author. (Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2018)
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1968-
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Knausgård, Karl Ove
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759.81
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non fiction
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1967-
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Burkey, Ingvild
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Munch, Edvard
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the art of Edvard Munch
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So much longing in so little space : the art of Edvard Munch, Karl Ove Knausgaard ; translated from the Norwegian by Ingvild Burkey
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000065145309
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21 cm.
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233 pages
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9780143133131
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color illustrations
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(OCoLC)1045133412
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So much longing in so little space : the art of Edvard Munch, Karl Ove Knausgaard ; translated from the Norwegian by Ingvild Burkey
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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000065145309
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
233 pages
Isbn
9780143133131
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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color illustrations
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(OCoLC)1045133412

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