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The Color of Light

Poems on Van Gogh's Late Paintings

ISBN13: 9780802827289

ISBN10: 0802827284

Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co (21 Sep 2007)

Extent: 72 pages

Binding: Hardcover

Size: 1.2 x 16.5 x 19 cm

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  • The great Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh comes to life in a new light on the pages of this splendid volume. Through eloquent poetic meditations on Van Goghs late paintings, Marilyn Chandler McEntyre shows how these artworks testify to divine presence, and she invites readers to find their way through form, color, and light into a new awareness of the Spirit. Some of McEntyres poems remind us of the sorrows in the life of this solitary artist and of his infinite longing. Some convey Van Goghs epiphanies of joy and energy, expressing themselves in color. McEntyre sees the paintings as inviting us to see things in a different light, and her poetry is an act of consent to that invitation, providing an intimate encounter with these great works. Evocatively pairing art and poetry on two-page spreads, "The Color of Light" is McEntyres third in a trilogy of poetry books on Dutch master painters, each of which invites us to reflect not only on the artists life and faith but also on our own.
  • Marilyn Chandler McEntee



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    Each riveting poem in this collection reveals a paintings startlingly deep meaning. Each syllable, carefully chosen, reflects the fascinating complexity of Van Goghs works. McEntyre inspires a new appreciation of both art and language. Her work, although intended for older readers, in some ways acts as only an amazing picture book canplaying words off of art until the two gain more meaning together than apart. One of my favorites from the collection accompanies the work Van Goghs Bedroom, as McEntyre makes the reader truly look at each object and reflect upon its significance. She writes: ' and if your pillows are yellow, you will not / forget how the sun lit the tips of grass / like candles and made long fingers of light in the roadway.' Her outstanding use of imagery reflects and expands upon Van Goghs details. She draws meaning from the paintings inclusion of two chairs, a mirror, an empty vase, a red blanket, and yesyellow pillows. Her words echo the very life of the paintings, bringing them sharply into focus.

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The Color of Light