Keeping An Eye Open

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The Laughing Cavalier did not impress the young Julian Barnes.

From Paul Cezanne to Lucian Freud, the novelist and critic Julian Barnes considers the thrill of art.

'Flaubert believed that it was impossible to explain one art form in terms of another, and that great paintings required no words of explanation.'

In this selection from Julian Barnes' recently published collection of essays on art, he gives us a dazzling and thoughtful assessment of the life and work of a range of artists who set the stage for Modern Art. His words of explanation are always witty, humane and full of insight.

Read by Julian Barnes

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

02Cezanne: Does An Apple Move?2015062320150624 (R4)

From Paul Cezanne to Lucian Freud, the novelist and critic Julian Barnes considers the thrill of art.

'Flaubert believed that it was impossible to explain one art form in terms of another, and that great paintings required no words of explanation.'

In this selection from Julian Barnes' recently published collection of essays on art, he gives us a dazzling and thoughtful assessment of the life and work of a range of artists who set the stage for Modern Art. His words of explanation are always witty, humane and full of insight.

Read by Julian Barnes

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

For novelist and critic Julian Barnes, modern art begins with Paul Cezanne.

From Paul Cezanne to Lucian Freud, the novelist and critic Julian Barnes considers the thrill of art.

'Flaubert believed that it was impossible to explain one art form in terms of another, and that great paintings required no words of explanation.'

In this selection from Julian Barnes' recently published collection of essays on art, he gives us a dazzling and thoughtful assessment of the life and work of a range of artists who set the stage for Modern Art. His words of explanation are always witty, humane and full of insight.

Read by Julian Barnes

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

03Braque: The Heart Of Painting2015062420150625 (R4)

From Paul Cezanne to Lucian Freud, the novelist Julian Barnes considers the thrill of art.

From Paul Cezanne to Lucian Freud, the novelist and critic Julian Barnes considers the thrill of art.

'Flaubert believed that it was impossible to explain one art form in terms of another, and that great paintings required no words of explanation.'

In this selection from Julian Barnes' recently published collection of essays on art, he gives us a dazzling and thoughtful assessment of the life and work of a range of artists who set the stage for Modern Art. His words of explanation are always witty, humane and full of insight.

Read by Julian Barnes

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

04Oldenburg: Good Soft Fun2015062520150626 (R4)

Julian Barnes considers the jolly japes of pop art and what they actually achieve.