Shades—Of Painting at the Limit

Shades—Of Painting at the Limit

Sallis, John
Distribution: World
Publication date: 02/11/2017
Format: Paperback 6 b&w illus., 19 color illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-02714-6
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[Sallis’s] ideas are presented in a singular, scholarly, remarkable, captivating, conceptually rigorous, dense, and deep manner.... Highly recommended." —Choice

This fascinating book by one of the more original voices writing philosophy in English poses questions about the nature of the visible and invisible, sensible and intelligible." —Dennis Schmidt

What is it that an artist paints in a painting? Working from paintings themselves rather than from philosophical theories, John Sallis shows how, through shades and limits, the painter renders visible the light that confers visibility on things. In his extended examination of three phases in the development of modern painting, Sallis focuses on the work of Claude Monet, Wassily Kandinsky, and Mimmo Paladino—three painters who, each in his own way, carry painting to the limit.

Author Bio

John Sallis is Frederick J. Adelmann Professor of Philosophy at Boston College. He is author of more than 20 books, including Light Traces (IUP, 2014) and Logic of Imagination (IUP, 2012).

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Table of Contents

1. Shades of Time: Monet's _Wheatstacks_
2. Thresholds of Absgract Painting: Kandinsky and the Stage of Composition
3. Very Ancient Memories: Paladino's Recondite Images