'An electrifying account of looking intently to fathom Cézanne’s pictures: what makes their beauty still so uncanny, precarious, visionary. Stalking his subject with a hawk’s eye, a philosopher’s mind and an open heart, Clark unfolds both the artist at work and his own evolving responses ... The best book on Cézanne since Meyer Schapiro’s in 1952 … an electrifying companion'
Jackie Wullschlager, Financial Times, Books of the Year
'Characteristically brilliant and provocative … fascinating'
Gabriel Josipovici, TLS
'Clark is an astonishingly good judge. He can bend language around an image until the two are only millimetres apart ... there are bold observations on almost every page of this book'
Jackson Arn, Art in America
'Fans of T. J. Clark will be fascinated by this latest stop on his sometimes unexpected intellectual journey'
Tom Stammers, Literary Review
'A book that shows how this great artist is still stretching minds'
Jonathan Jones, Guardian
'Clark writes beautifully … [he] is still the most careful and perceptive of art critics writing today. Even when one diverges from Clark’s conclusions, one never feels in the presence of someone who does not look, think and write without the utmost attention and seriousness'
'It is the boldness of the book that is exhilarating, the author taking interpretive gambles … brims with memorable insights and aphorisms'
'One of the most exciting books on art I have read'
Gabriel Josipovici, Times Literary Supplement Books of the Year
'A very generous text. Clark invites us in on his reflexive meditations – a welcome relief from academic arguments that are almost paranoically designed to be bulletproof from first sentence to final footnote'
Hal Foster, London Review of Books
'What drives If These Apples Should Fall is less the task of scholarly exposition than the swelling momentum of interpretation itself... Clark’s observations can be unforgettable... In Clark’s hands, Cézanne’s practice is at once singular and a paradigm for an art history that lets in the world only when it needs to'
'Clark writes in the tradition of Lukács, Adorno and Debord ... His prose is full of leaping, dramatic comparisons, flashes of detournement ... The book flicks between registers, from doubt to certainty, from prose to verse'
Saul Nelson, New Left Review
'A great book ... deeply original ... it will inspire readers to rethink fundamentals ... [a] madly suggestive, wildly adventuresome book '
The British Journal of Aesthetics