Patrick White, Painter Manque

Patrick White, Painter Manque

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I always see most of what I write, and am, in fact, a painter manque. All those Goyas I feel I want to eat them, and bury my face in them, and sniff them up! Patrick White It is a little-known fact that a vital source of inspiration for Patrick White was the art of painting. A writer whose creative imagination was intensely visual and sensual, White considered the medium of paint to be a more direct, whole means of expression than words. Much of his writing attempts to recreate and investigate effects attainable through paint, and in many of his characters White explores the painter s psyche. It was Roy de Maistre who first opened White s eyes to the power of painting. His work showed White how to represent the complexities of human relationship and consciousness how, as White put it, to weave about freely on different levels at one and the same time - I feel he taught me to write by teaching me to look at paintings and get beneath the surface . . . I always feel I began to write from the inside out when Roy de Maistre introduced me to abstract painting about 1936. Before that I had only approached writing as an exercise in naturalism. White was a great lover and collectoshow more

Product details

  • Hardback | 284 pages
  • 160 x 241.3 x 22.9mm | 567g
  • Melbourne University Press
  • The Miegunyah Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • English
  • 16 colour & 14 b&w illustrations
  • 0522850324
  • 9780522850321
  • 1,697,547

About Helen Verity Hewitt

Helen Verity Hewitt, teacher, traveller and sometime bookshop owner, has a PhD from the University of Melbourne and teaches in the Language Studies Department of Victoria University in Melbourne.show more

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"I always see most of what I write, and am, in fact, a painter manque. All those Goyas - I feel I want to eat them, and bury my face in them, and sniff them up... Patrick Whiteshow more

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