A brilliant and ground-breaking exploration of the crucial role of nature in shaping and inspiring our most enduring artists and writers including Monet, Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, Georgia O'Keeffe, Picasso and Emily Kame Kngwarreye.
Creativity is a place. Memory is an image. The artistic process itself is a journey, a specific one, the return to a lost and cherished childhood realm, the original source of inspiration and identity.
For the artists and writers in this book - Claude Monet, Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell, Karen Blixen, Ernest Hemingway, Georgia O'Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso and Emily Kame Kngwarreye - the act of re-creating Eden was a life-changing, art-making, healing rite that becomes both a map of their careers and an index of their subject matter.
What unites these artists and writers is a journey of return, of rediscovery, that leads them to the creation of a personal paradise. Upon arriving at that place, whether it was Georgia O'Keeffe in New Mexico, Monet in Giverny or Picasso in Provence, iconic new work emerged, inspired by that terrain, from its light, its colours, its landscape. Each of these artists had recovered the place they'd been unconsciously seeking for years.
In this engaging and ground-breaking book, acclaimed biographer and art historian Janine Burke explores how art and landscape, love and companionship, home and garden are entwined. Nature is culture, and its most insistent inspiration.
Janine Burke is an art historian, biographer, novelist and freelance curator. Between 1977 and 1982 she lectured in art history at the Victorian College of the Arts. Subsequently, she has been a fulltime writer and independent scholar. Currently, Dr Burke is a research fellow of Monash University in the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies. In 1987, she won the Victorian Premier's Award for fiction for her novel Second Sight. Her next novel, Company of Images was shortlisted for The Age Book of the Year award and the Miles Franklin Award. She has written a groundbreaking series of books on the Heide circle, including Joy Hester, Australian Gothic: A Life of Albert Tucker which was shortlisted for the 2002 Queensland Premier's Literary Award and The Heart Garden: Sunday Reed and Heide. The Gods of Freud: Sigmund Freud's Art Collection, shortlisted for the 2007 NSW Premier's award for non-fiction, is the internationally acclaimed survey of Freud's personal collection.
Biography & Autobiography
Allen & Unwin
Allen & Unwin
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