Antoine’s Alphabet

An investigation into the imagination and achievement of the acclaimed critic's favorite painter, Antoine Watteau, the enigmatic "master of silken surfaces and elusive emotions" who died in 1721 at the age of 36. Perl’s beautiful composed "alphabet" deftly combines admiration and analysis. Now in paperback.

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