A SCI-Arc lecture from Michael Fried, J. R. Herbert Boone Professor of Humanities Emeritus at Johns Hopkins University, as well as poet, art critic, art historian, and literary critic/historian. His early art criticism, culminating in the 1967 essay “Art and Objecthood,” remains central to contemporary discussions of modern art. He is also the author of books on 18th and 19th century French painting from Chardin to Manet, on Thomas Eakins, on Adolph Menzel, on Caravaggio and a number of his followers, on recent photography and video, on Flaubert’s novels Madame Bovary and Salammbô – the list could go on. Later this spring a new book by him, What Was Literary Impressionism?, will be published by Harvard University Press.
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