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"Qu'avaient vu, jusqu'en 1900, ceux dont les réflexions sur l'art demeurent pour nous révélatrices ou significatives, et dont nous supposons qu'ils parlent des mêmes oeuvres que nous (... )? Deux ou trois grands musées, et les photos, gravures ou copies d'une faible partie des chefs-d'œuvre de l'Europe. [...] Aujourd'hui, un étudiant dispose de la reproduction en couleurs ...more
Published 1967 by Secker & Warburg (first published 1947)
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Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An underappreciated gem, that one starts dreaming of reading for the second time while still in the middle of the book. Erudite doesn't begin to describe it: Malraux deconstructs art history and glues it back together in a way that exposes new angles of settled art theory concepts under everyone's noses. The book connects the dots I never knew could be connected and gives a philosophical and humanistic perspective to the way seeing affects one's thinking. The art history will never seem lineal a ...more
David Williamson
Sep 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art
The museum without walls has been a long influence on my creative work as an artist, and is the founding point of many an interesting art theoritical propositions.
Eric Cartier
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating, centuries-spanning, global art history book of ideas. What I encountered challenged and pleased me in its given form, and I wish I could visit a major museum with walls soon, to be in the presence of a few masterpieces and muse upon/process what I've just read. Unable to do that, I'll be flipping through art books at home this weekend.

While Malraux and his publishers generously illustrated the book* with 172 photographs of works (many more sculptures than paintings), it would be w
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ouvrage qui m'avait été conseillé par mon école juste avant de commencer mes études d'histoire de l'art et d'archéologie. Je l'avais débuté et je n'y comprenais rien. Trois ans après, c'est beaucoup plus clair car je connais dorénavant les références qu'il évoque et ses idées apparaissent comme d'éclatantes évidences.
Mafalda Cardeira
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Different concept to look at art and heritage. The museum visit method is super interesting. I started myself doing the same. Great!
May 10, 2020 rated it liked it
I first read this book in the 60s and thought it might be interesting to re-read it. The concept is that museums have determined what is art, what are masterpieces, and have excluded pivotal genres which would have greatly enhanced museums. Thus, the "museum without walls" includes comparisons between styles and genres and one would not normally associate. I think this is a very important book for all art historians, and I'm glad I re-read it.
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"Marii noștri solitari, de la Baudelaire la Rimbaud, sunt totodată oameni ai cafenelelor literare; refractarul Gauguin se duce la primirile de marți din casa lui Mallarmé – a unui Mallarmé apropiat lui Manet, așa cum Baudelaire fusese apropiatul lui Delacroix: și iată că nu niște teoreticieni, ci niște poeți, tocmai Baudelaire și Mallarmé sunt cei care dovedesc instinctul cel mai sigur față de pictura vremii lor. (...) Astfel se extinde o grupare pasionată, înverșunată să-și transmită valorile m ...more
Well... I guess you shouldn't read this book if you have no basic knowledge about art, like being able to make the difference between Rembrandt and Rubens. And since I don't and the only painter I can recognize is Picasso because he's so crazy, it was ... Greek to me!
Though there were a few ideas that I liked and to which I subscribe, for example the one that a work of art is more than proportions and technique and that for example a religious art craft will be soulless if the artist is not a be
Michael Finocchiaro
This book is about how André Malraux looked at art and art collections. It is a bit dry but very erudite and contains quite a lot of insight into how art has entered the public conscience in the 20th C.
Carlos Raposo
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Malraux was born in Paris during 1901, the son of Fernand-Georges Malraux and Berthe Lamy (Malraux). His parents separated during 1905 and eventually divorced. He was raised by his mother and maternal grandmother, Berthe and Adrienne Lamy in the small town of Bondy. His father, a stockbroker, committed suicide in 1930. Andre had Tourette's Syndrome during his childhood, resulting in motor and voca ...more

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