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Vineland (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin)
Thomas Pynchon
Tristes Tropiques
John Weightman, Doreen Weightman, Patrick Wilcken, Claude Lévi-Strauss
Richard III
William Shakespeare
The Dwarf
Alexandra Dick, Pär Lagerkvist
The Collected Poems of Wilfred Owen
Wilfred Owen, Cecil Day-Lewis
Richard Wolin
Giotto to Dürer: Early Renaissance Painting in the National Gallery
Jill Dunkerton, Susan Foister, Dillian Gordon, Nicholas Penny
Michel Foucault: Beyond Structuralism and Hermeneutics
Hubert L. Dreyfus, Paul Rabinow
Gravity's Rainbow
Thomas Pynchon
A Gravity's Rainbow Companion: Sources and Contexts for Pynchon's Novel
Steven Weisenburger

Corot to Monet: French Landscape Painting

Corot to Monet: French Landscape Painting - Sarah Herring, Antonio Mazzotta This is a fine little book that attempts to trace, through the holdings of the National Gallery in London, the landscapes of the Barbizon school -- with an eye towards showing how they laid the ground for Monet and the Impressionists. The focus is thus on Daubigny, Corot, Diaz, and even on lesser lights -- such as this beautiful landscape by Antoine Chintreuil (1814-1873, titled Houses on the Cliffs near Fécamp (1861).



The book contains a very brief preface which describes the way in which the National Gallery came into possession of Barbizon paintings. The writer pulls no punches, and this brief essay is fascinating (pp. 7-11). There follow 40 large format color prints, and then quick commentaries (2 two a page) in the rear. The prints themselves are good, but often don't take up the whole page, and so are not as easy to see as I would have liked. The book itself is a large format, and so a lot of space got wasted.

There are not that many Corots - and I'm looking for a good (affordable) collection of his pictures -- if anyone knows of one, please let me know --, but the volume fills a gap that had been bothering me -- and does so with selections that are both lovely in themselves and that make the larger point.