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The Dark Side of Nature: Science, Society, and the Fantastic in the Work of Odilon Redon (Refiguring Modernism) Hardcover – January 30, 2006


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  • Series: Refiguring Modernism (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press (January 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0271024674
  • ISBN-13: 978-0271024677
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 10.9 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,969,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Larson's book is a scholarly, in-depth but highly readable study of the pictorial works of the artist Odlion Redon as they relate to political, scientific, and philosophical developments in France after the Franco-Prussian War. --James P. Gilroy, French Review

All of the artists whom Redon admired were distinguished by their craftsmanship, a quality that he emphasized in living nature as well as in art. Accordingly, the craftsmanship of the images Larson has assembled demands a book formatted to bring them to life. This desideratum has been realized splendidly in the very high production values of The Dark Side of Nature. In its look and feel it bears the mark of a devoted collaboration between a knowing author and a publisher committed to producing a book of very high quality. --Robert M. Brain, ISIS

Elle s'intéresse non seulement aux savants et aux travaux qui établissent les nouveaux paradigmes scientifiques, mais aussi aux médiateurs et aux instruments de vulgarisation qui en permettent l appropriation et en font une matière d'invention poétique. Barbara Larson se montre ici remarquablement informée et fait preuve de qualités de synthèse qui font de son livre un ouvrage utile bien au-delà de l étude de Redon.

I1 faur saluer enfin la densité de texte et d'imagcs d'un ouvrage érudit qui s'ajoute aux études des publiées récemment sur 1'artiste. --Dario Gamboni, Revue de l art, v.157 (2007)

All of the artists whom Redon admired were distinguished by their craftsmanship, a quality that he emphasized in living nature as well as in art. Accordingly, the craftsmanship of the images Larson has assembled demands a book formatted to bring them to life. This desideratum has been realized splendidly in the very high production values of The Dark Side of Nature. In its look and feel it bears the mark of a devoted collaboration between a knowing author and a publisher committed to producing a book of very high quality. --Robert M. Brain, ISIS

Elle s'intéresse non seulement aux savants et aux travaux qui établissent les nouveaux paradigmes scientifiques, mais aussi aux médiateurs et aux instruments de vulgarisation qui en permettent l appropriation et en font une matière d'invention poétique. Barbara Larson se montre ici remarquablement informée et fait preuve de qualités de synthèse qui font de son livre un ouvrage utile bien au-delà de l étude de Redon.

I1 faur saluer enfin la densité de texte et d'imagcs d'un ouvrage érudit qui s'ajoute aux études des publiées récemment sur 1'artiste. --Dario Gamboni, Revue de l art, v.157 (2007)

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Barbara Larson is an Associate Professor at the University of West Florida.


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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Plummkat on March 27, 2012
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This book focuses on the early years of Redon's life and almost completely on his black white works. This book also contains much information and history of what was going on in France during his career. It shows the things that influenced his work the most. I am a getting my master's degree in art and I found this a great source for Redon's work. This book has many of his drawings and lithographs.
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6 of 12 people found the following review helpful By dadaloco on June 11, 2007
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my only complaint with this otherwise excellant book is that it should have been a hardcover, it is sure to be regular referance and inspiration to any artist, or normal person in possession of it, and $55.00 for a softie is a little stiff! after grappling with that, get dis thing...it is super to see his actual inspirational clippins from mags and papers of his time...this is so much like Francis Bacon's routine it's scary, he relied on arcane flotsam much like dis guy, it really is beautiful and extensively illustrated and ,as a collector myself, I assure you, once out of print it is sure to become a valuable item, fettching way over it's cover price...so dont bend the covers, while you pour over Redons world , a definite must have.
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