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Paintings in Proust

A Visual Companion to 'In Search of Lost Time'

Eric Karpeles


'A book which no Proust addict can afford to miss' Anita Brookner


Eric Karpeles’s lavishly illustrated and comprehensive guide offers a feast for the eyes as it celebrates the close relationship between the visual and literary arts in Proust’s masterpiece. Karpeles has identified and located all of the paintings to which Proust makes exact reference. Where only a painter’s name is mentioned to indicate a certain mood or appearance, he has chosen a representative work to illustrate the impression that Proust sought to evoke. Botticelli’s angels, Manet’s courtesans, Mantegna’s warriors and Carpaccio’s saints stand among Monet’s water lilies and Piranesi’s engravings of Rome, while Karpeles’s insightful essay and lucid contextual commentary explain their significance to Proust. The book closes with extensive notes and a comprehensive index of all painters and paintings mentioned in the novel.

With over 200 beautifully reproduced paintings, drawings and engravings, and accompanying texts drawn from the Moncrieff/Kilmartin/Enright translation of In Search of Lost Time, this book is an essential addition to the libraries of Proustians worldwide and a handsome volume in its own right.

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'Will thrill any Proust lover'
Financial Times

'Will undoubtedly be greeted with the literary equivalent of a hosanna'
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'Intelligent and passionate … a window into Proust’s sharp, eccentric wit'
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'Indispensable to the [Proust] addict, but also enticing for the casual browser'

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Size: 22.9 x 15.2 cm

Extent: 360 pp

Illustrations: 209

Publication date: 14 September 2017

ISBN: 9780500293423

Contents List

Introduction • Volume I: Swann’s Way • Volume II: Within a Budding Grove • Volume III: The Guermantes Way • Volume IV: Sodom and Gomorrah • Volume V: The Captive • Volume VI: The Fugitive • Volume VII: Time Regained • Notes • Index of Painters and Paintings

About the Author

Eric Karpeles is a painter who was educated at Haverford College, Oxford and The New School in New York City. In the 1970s he lived in France, where he held painting fellowships at both La Cité des Arts in Paris and the Camargo Foundation in Cassis. He is a painter of two monumental room-sized works – the Sanctuary Project and the Rockefeller Chapel. Karpeles writes about painting, poetry and aesthetics.