Creators: From Chaucer and Durer to Picasso and Disney

Creators: From Chaucer and Durer to Picasso and Disney

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Author/Contributor(s): Johnson, Paul
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Date: 05/01/2007
Binding: Paperback
Condition: NEW

"Johnson emphasizes the rarity of truly visionary artists . . . his approach is unfailingly generous. . . . Genuinely revealing." --Publishers Weekly

From celebrated journalist and historian Paul Johnson, an enlightening look at the imagination and drive of visionaries who have changed our world.

Paul Johnson believes that creation is a mysterious business which cannot be satisfactorily analyzed. But it can be illustrated in such a way as to bring out its salient characteristics. In this companion to his New York Times bestseller, Intellectuals, he profiles outstanding and prolific creative spirits from a variety of artistic pursuits. Here are essays on such giants as Chaucer and Shakespeare, Mark Twain and T. S. Eliot, Jane Austen and George Eliot; artists such as Dürer, Turner, and the contemporary Japanese master Hokusai; architects Pugin and Viollet-le-Duc; Johann Sebastian Bach; Louis Comfort Tiffany; clothing designers Balenciaga and Dior; and masters of the 20th century, Picasso and Disney.