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Thunderclap By Laura Cumming

Thunderclap by Laura Cumming


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Thunderclap: A memoir of art and life & sudden death by Laura Cumming

From the Sunday Times-bestselling author of On Chapel Sands, a stunning new memoir of a life in art, a father and daughter, and what a shared love of a painting can come to mean.

'No one writes art like Laura Cumming' Philip Hoare, author of Albert and the Whale
'I shall never look at any painting in the same way again' Polly Morland, author of A Fortunate Woman

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'We see with everything that we are'


On the morning of 12 October 1654, a gunpowder explosion devastated the Dutch city of Delft. The thunderclap was heard over seventy miles away. Among the fatalities was the painter Carel Fabritius, dead at thirty-two, leaving only his haunting masterpiece The Goldfinch and barely a dozen known paintings. For the explosion that killed him also buried his reputation, along with answers to the mysteries of his life and career.

What happened to Fabritius before and after this disaster is just one of the discoveries in a book that explores the relationship between art and life, interweaving the lives of Laura Cumming, her Scottish painter father, who also died too young, and the great artists of the Dutch Golden Age. Thunderclap takes the reader from Rembrandt's studio to wartime America and contemporary London; from Fabritius's goldfinch on its perch to de Hooch's blue and white tile and the smallest seed in a loaf by Vermeer.

This is a book about what a picture may come to mean: how it can enter your life and change your thinking in a thunderclap. For the explosion of the title speaks not only to the precariousness of our existence, but also to the power of painting: the sudden revelations of sight.

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Praise for Laura Cumming:


'Cumming skilfully withholds key twists in the tale, revealing them at just the right moment' The Times
'Outstanding . . . A peerless detective story that keeps you guessing to the end' Sunday Times
'Superb and original' Sunday Times
'Sumptuous . . . A gleaming work of someone at the peak of her craft' New York Times

Thunderclap Reviews

'[A] lustrous meditation on the lives and after-lives of artists ... with a novelist's pace, a critic's eye, a daughter's heart' * Financial Times *
No one writes art like Laura Cumming . . . There's a passionate energy in this book, a dexterity of description and narrative and a sensitivity to the subtleties of painting and personal memory that leaves you utterly breathless and transfixed. You are never going to read a better book about the experience of art - and of love' * Philip Hoare, author of Albert & the Whale *
'Cumming unwraps the truth of Fabritius, Vermeer and other artists in the catastrophically shattered town of Delft with glowing intelligence, in prose that shines and beams and recreates life almost to the point of photosynthesis' * Candia McWilliam, author of What to Look For in Winter *
'A masterpiece ... So moving and profound in its compassion for our short, vivid lives. I will never look at any painting in the same way again' * Polly Morland, author of A Fortunate Woman *
When something fascinates Laura Cumming, she makes sure, with her beguiling prose, that we too are caught up in her fascination ... Cumming is a word-painter * The Times *

About Laura Cumming

Laura Cumming has been chief art critic of the Observer since 1999. Her books include A Face to the World: On Self-Portraits (2009) and The Vanishing Man: In Pursuit of Velazquez (2016) which won the James Tait Black Biography Prize. Her family memoir, On Chapel Sands: my Mother and other Missing Persons (2019) was a Sunday Times bestseller and shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford, Costa and Rathbone's Folio prizes.

Additional information

GOR013181722
9781784744526
1784744522
Thunderclap: A memoir of art and life & sudden death by Laura Cumming
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Vintage Publishing
2023-07-06
272
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