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Monet, Narcissus and Self-reflection : The Modernist Myth of the Self - Steven Z. Levine

Monet, Narcissus and Self-reflection

The Modernist Myth of the Self

Paperback Published: 1st January 1994
ISBN: 9780226475448
Number Of Pages: 392

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Steven Z. Levine provides a new understanding of the life and work of Claude Monet and the myth of the modern artist. Levine analyzes the extensive critical reception of Monet and the artist's own prolific writings in the context of the story of Narcissus, popular in late nineteenth-century France. Through a careful blending of psychoanalytical theory and historical study, Levine identifies narcissism and obsession as driving forces in Monet's art and demonstrates how we derive meaning from the accumulated verbal responses to an artist's work.

List of Illustrations
Baudelaire and the Error of Narcissus (1859-70)
From Self-Infatuation to Self-Reflection (1870-80)
Normandy's Beaches and Maritime Origins (1880-83)
The Riviera and the Impossibility of the Blues (1884-85)
Etretat and Death by the Sea (1885-86)
Belle-Ile and the Oceanic Feeling (1886-87)
Antibes and the Intoxication of Solitude (1888)
Mirbeau and the Cult of the Self (1889)
The Creuse and Neurotic Obsession (1889)
Mallarme, Women, and Water Lilies (1889-91)
Allegories of Narcissus: Valery, Gide, Mauclair (1891-95)
Allegories of Narcissus: Regnier, Gasquet, Rollinat (1895-99)
Giverny and Paradise (1899-1909)
Bending over the Source (1909)
War, Water Lilies, and Death (1909-26)
Self-Portrait of the Artist as an Old Man
Bibliography Photography Credits
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ISBN: 9780226475448
ISBN-10: 0226475441
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 1st January 1994
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.5 x 15.4  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.68
Edition Number: 2