Item description for The Color of Light: Poems on Van Gogh's Late Paintings by Marilyn Chandler McEntyre...
Overview An elegant blend of art and poetry for both eye and heart to feast on The great Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh comes to life in a new light on the pages of this splendid volume. Through eloquent poetic meditations on VanGogh's late paintings, Marilyn Chandler McEntyre shows how these artworks testify to divine presence, and she invites readers to find their way through form, color, and light into a new awareness of the Spirit.
Publishers Description The great Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh comes to life in a new light on the pages of this splendid volume. Through eloquent poetic meditations on Van Gogh's late paintings, Marilyn Chandler McEntyre shows how these artworks testify to divine presence, and she invites readers to find their way through form, color, and light into a new awareness of the Spirit. Some of McEntyre's poems remind us of the sorrows in the life of this solitary artist and of his infinite longing. Some convey Van Gogh's epiphanies of joy and energy, expressing themselves in color. McEntyre sees the paintings as inviting us to see things in a different light, and her poetry is an act of consent to that invitation, providing an intimate encounter with these great works. Evocatively pairing art and poetry on two-page spreads, The Color of Light is McEntyre's third in a trilogy of poetry books on Dutch master painters, each of which invites us to reflect not only on the artist's life and faith but also on our own.
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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.58" Width: 6.6" Height: 0.47" Weight: 0.64 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2007
Publisher Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN 0802827284 ISBN13 9780802827289
Availability 0 units.
More About Marilyn Chandler McEntyre
Marilyn Chandler McEntyre is a writer, professor of medical humanities at UC Berkeley, and former professor of English at Westmont College. A longtime hospice volunteer, she is also the author of"Drawn to the Light: Poems on Rembrandt's Religious Paintings"and"Patient Poets: Illness from Inside Out."Her book"What's in a Phrase? Pausing Where Scripture Gives You Pause"won the"Christianity Today"2015 Book Award in the Spirituality category."
Marilyn Chandler McEntyre currently resides in the state of California. Marilyn Chandler McEntyre was born in 1949.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Color of Light: Poems on Van Gogh's Late Paintings?
A Slim Volme That Opens a Wide Window into Spiritual Life with Van Gogh Mar 21, 2008
One day recently, I spread dozens of spiritually themed books across a long series of tables and I invited a group of teenagers to pick up whatever caught their eyes - literally judging these books by their covers. Then, I asked them to spend a little while exploring each book and, finally, explain to us all (with a video camera rolling for our Web magazine, ReadTheSpirit) why they were drawn to the books they had chosen.
One of the first books snapped up off the table was this beautiful little volume by writer Marilyn Chandler McEntyre. Several teens actually wanted to claim the book, but one boy finally won the good-natured tussle over the book and settled back to enjoy its creative charms.
That experience with these youth is the best way to convey to you the immediate power of this thin volume. It's the sort of book that's great to buy for a gift, or to use with a class, or simply to lay on a table in your home for quiet meditation as the spirit moves you.
No, this is not a "religious" book in a formal sense. But, yes, this is a wonderful invitation to deep meditation in the best sense.
I'll give you a personal example: I love VanGogh's paintings and, as a journalist for many years, I've made a point of visiting exhibitions around the world that include his works. But, until I read McEntyre's book, I had never stopped to think that the famous painting of Van Gogh's bedroom at Arles includes two chairs and two doorways. I can close my eyes and see this painting after all these years - and, yet, I had never thought of the spiritual implications of two chairs and two doors in this tiny room in this emotionally charged placed in VanGogh's life.
McEntyre doesn't belabor these points. Her entire poem on the Arles' bedroom is shorter than this book review. And yet -I will never look at that painting in the same way, again, having encountered McEntyre's poetic meditation on the images. I thank her for the seasons she spent reflecting on these images! Through this book, she has become a companion in future reflections in galleries both of bricks and mortar - and galleries of spiritual reflection.