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Baudelaire : Selected Writings on Art and Artists - Charles Baudelaire


Selected Writings on Art and Artists

By: Charles Baudelaire, P. E. Charvet (Translator)

Paperback Published: 10th August 1981
ISBN: 9780521282871
Number Of Pages: 464

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Before publishing Les Fleurs du Mal in 1857, Baudelaire was probably better known to his contemporaries as a critic than as a poet, and the articles translated here by P. E. Charvet illustrate the development of Baudelaire's critical ideas. The essays cover the visual, literary, and musical arts. From the early 'Salon' of 1846 Baudelaire's commitment to the cause of Delcroix was passionate and unswerving and it remains a theme of a number of these pieces. Baudelaire's literary criticism is represented by, amongst others, the two important articles on Poe, the spirited defence of Madame Bovary published shortly after Flaubert had been acquitted on a charge of offending public morality and the long article on Gautier, to whom Baudelaire dedicated Les Fleurs du Mal. The musician whom Baudelaire admired above all others was Wagner, and the article on Tannhauser published at the time of the Paris production in 1861 shows his percipience as a critic: with no technical knowledge of music, Baudelaire nevertheless demonstrates an instinctive awareness of the magical power of suggestion in Wagner's music.

Extracts from the Salon of 1845
Extracts from the Salon of 1846
Of virtuous plays and novels
The universal exhibition of 1855: the fine arts
Of the essence of laughter and generally of the comic in the plastic arts
Edgar Allen Poe, his life and works
Further notes on Edgar Poe
Some French caricaturists
Some foreign caricaturists
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Th©ophile Gautier
Extracts from the Salon of 1859
Richard Wagner and Tannhñuser in Paris
The life and work of Eugne Delacroix
The painter of modern life
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ISBN: 9780521282871
ISBN-10: 052128287X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 10th August 1981
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 12.7  x 2.62
Weight (kg): 0.5