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Magritte: Attempting the Impossible Hardcover – June 30, 2009


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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, Inc.; First English Edition edition (June 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933045930
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933045931
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 10.7 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #408,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Bauhaus, that noble experiment in Germany between the world wars that in many ways ushered us into the modern world... This exhibit isn't like most art shows its like entering a whole world everywhere you turn you're struck by a dizzying array of paintings and sculpture, films and photographs... And the illuminating and thoroughly detailed catalogue, it weighs five pounds, gives you a pretty substantial impression of how profoundly prescient those artists were." --NPR, Loyd Shwartz

"This extremely well-illustrated tour de force combines new research with unique organization... Gohr's book reminds readers that excellent art never ceases to provide new avenues for investigation, through both research and careful visual examination of the art as primary document. Summing Up: Highly recommended." --CHOICE, January 2010 (E. K. Mix, Butler University)

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Reich Claude on August 24, 2009
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This hefty monograph was written by one of the most brilliant post-war German museum curators and art scholars and its publication coincides with the opening of the Magritte Museum in Brussels. It is an interesting study that follows a strictly chronological pattern with an original angle: each period is tackled through the in-depth examination of one key emblematic work (The Lost Jockey, 1926, The Treachery of Images, 1929, The Red Model, 1935, The Dominion of Light, 1954, etc). This methodological choice makes for enlightening reading and undoubtedly renders the text livelier and easy to read and grasp.

Now, the colored illustrations are numerous and often full-page but, unfortunately, the quality of the paper is mediocre and the pictures do not allow a glimpse into Magritte's technique and brushwork. The reproductions consequently appear dull and flat, which accounts for a three-star rating.
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By Rudy T. on May 13, 2014
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This is an absolutely fantastic art book - visually stunning, an ultimately comprehensive study of Rene' Magritte and his art.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Glenn on August 12, 2013
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I couldn't just submit stars without a review, so here's my review saying that I will review it again once I've read it through.

Very inspired to understand the "window" and "picture frame" concept M developed.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mary White on August 31, 2010
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Magritte is a personal favorite of mine. His sense of story-telling through such visual, vivid images haunts your memory long after you close the book. It's best to take it in little sections and savor the "story".
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By AER on February 7, 2012
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book arrived on time in perfect condition. It is nicer than expected. I wanted a book with full color plates and lots of them to show my students. The book is large and will work perfectly in my classroom. there is also an enormous amount of information on Magritte and about the work. What a find!
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