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Temperaments: Artists Facing Their Work Hardcover – 1 Jan 1992

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HASH(0x9a89018c) out of 5 stars Buy this book. 16 Aug. 2013
By William F. Mathews - Published on
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I bought this book 20 years ago after reading a (long) excerpt in
The New Yorker. I was not disappointed. The book is a series
of "portraits" based, I recall, on personal interviews of some
well known artists, Richard Diebenkorn among them, and others who are
less familiar. (His interviews with R.B. Kitaj and that merry band of British
painters-Lucien Freud, Francis Bacon, Frank Auerbach, are exceptionally
well written, serious minded,yet high spirited.) I couldn't put it down. It's
probably the only collection of art essays I've read more than once. I've
reread it 5 or 6 times. The writing is that good. I'm sorry the book hasn't received the attention it
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HASH(0x9a5c4bf4) out of 5 stars an ignored gem 30 April 2013
By Dan Nistor - Published on
Format: Hardcover
It seems incredible that such a treasure has not been reviewed. It is, in my opinion, one of the most insightful, substantiated, and well-written essayistic books concerning modern artists and their work.
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HASH(0x9a1e5138) out of 5 stars should be more widely published 29 May 2014
By LB - Published on
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I loved this book. Evenly written so that the author was a presence but didn't overwhelm the stories of all these artists. beautiful insight through interview and casual conversation that reveals much about the struggles of artists doing their work. highly recommended.
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