Pictures and Tears by James Elkins
A History of People Who Have Cried in Front of Paintings

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Art Does art leave you cold? And is that what it's supposed to do? Or is a painting meant to move you to tears? Hemingway was reduced to tears in the midst of a drinking bout when a painting by James Thurber caught his eye. And what's bad about that? In Pictures and Tears, art historian James Elkins tells the story of paintings that have made people cry. Drawing upon anecdotes related to individual works of art, he provides a chronicle of how people have shown emotion before works of art in the past, and a meditation on the curious tearlessness with which most people approach art in the present. Deeply personal, Pictures and Tears is a history of emotion and vulnerability, and an inquiry into the nature of art. This book is a rare and invaluable treasure for people who love art. Also includes an 8-page color insert.

About James Elkins

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James Elkins is Professor of Art History, Theory and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Chair of Art History at University College, Cork, Ireland. Among his books are Pictures and Tears, Visual Studies: a Skeptical Introduction, What Painting Is, Stories of Art, and How to Use Your Eyes, all published by Routledge.
Published August 2, 2005 by Routledge. 218 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Arts & Photography, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Few art historians or psychoanalysts take this seriously any more, but Leader writes that Freud's slim study contains the embryonic formulation of several important psychoanalytic concepts, "as if he needed the encounter with the artist to get things moving".

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