CATHEDRALS OF FRANCE by Auguste Rodin

CATHEDRALS OF FRANCE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Notes from the observations of the artist are directly transcribed herein the translation of Elisabeth Chase Geissbuhler. Rodin writes of the French countryside, Romanesque architecture (where ""art is a prisoner"") of Melun, of Etampes, Mantes, Nevers (""the scaffolding of heaven""), Amiens, Le Mans, Soissons at evening, Reims at night, Laon, Chartres (""the Acropolis of France""). His eye moves from the majestic to the detail--of moldings (""gentle symphonies"") and ornamentation. His last Testament turns to nature, architecture, sculpture. Herbert Read's preface, Rodin's drawings which accompany have not been seen here. Luminous.

Pub Date: Oct. 20th, 1965
Publisher: Beacon