Sunlight on the River by Scott Gutterman
Poems About Paintings, Paintings About Poems

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He succeeds wonderfully in this rich collection that sings in three forms: painting, poem, and painting-poem combination.
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The world’s great poets interpret the world’s great art in this exquisite book that investigates the connection between art and words, deepening our understanding of both. The poet and the artist share a special kind of vision―an ability to see and penetrate the very essence of their subjects. This volume features poems by writers who turned to paintings for their inspiration, as well as paintings by artists who based their works on poems. Stretching across centuries and styles,
this collection includes Rossetti’s haunting sonnet based on
Botticelli’s Primavera; Wallace Stevens’s “The Man with the Blue
Guitar,” a masterful meditation on an iconic painting by Picasso;
William Carlos Williams’s joyous interpretations of scenes by
Breughel; and Adrienne Rich lending a compassionate voice
to the subject of Edwin Romanzo Elmer’s The Mourning Chair.
These and other pairings appear as elegant texts facing full
page, glowing illustrations of the paintings. An introduction
to some of the greatest poets and painters in history, this
remarkable book makes a perfect gift, offering compelling
insights into the worlds of art and literature, and the relationship
between the two.
 

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Published November 10, 2015 by Prestel. 140 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Larry Smith on Jan 06 2016

He succeeds wonderfully in this rich collection that sings in three forms: painting, poem, and painting-poem combination.

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