A Face To The World
A Face to the World
Focusing on the extraordinary art of self-portraiture, this book examines the lives of artists through their self-portraits. Drawing on art, biography, literature, history and philosophy, it considers the intimate truths and elaborate fictions of self-portraiture.
`Deserves a place of honour on every art lover's shelf...Tenderly, creatively written, jargon- and waffle-free, the book wears deep learning with an unaffected grace but touches...on truths beyond the protocols of art criticism.' Boyd Tonkin, Independent`Intelligent, humorous, swinging freely between erudition and colloquialism. I immediately found myself at home in this book, feeling as though I'd been reading and thinking about this subject all my life.' Jonathan Coe`Positively fizzes with ideas; just about every single paragraph contains a fresh observation' Nick Hornby, Observer, Books of the Year`A literary as well as an artistic triumph' David Cox, Evening Standard, Books of the Year`Laura Cumming combines great clarity of style with a wide range of taste. All aspiring critics of any art form should take a look at how much she can say in a short space.' Clive James`A beautiful and intriguing book...though Cumming's book is stacked with visual masterpieces, it is her writing that most claims admiration....