Paintings in Proust: A Visual Companion to In Search of Lost Time

Paintings in Proust: A Visual Companion to In Search of Lost Time

Title:Paintings in Proust: A Visual Companion to In Search of Lost Time
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780500238547
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages

A la recherche du temps perdu by Marcel Proust is one of the most profoundly visual works in Western literature. Not only are there frequent references to specific works of art, but certain characters are also evoked by comparison to particular paintings. Bloch’s appearance as a boy is likened to the portrait of Mehmet II by Gentile Bellini; Odette de Crécy strikes Swann by her resemblance to a figure in a Botticelli fresco. Even the lesser figure of a certain Mme. Blattin becomes the subject of Proustian mischief by being described as “exactly the portrait of Savonarola by Fra Bartolomeo.” Eric Karpeles has identified and located the many paintings to which Proust makes reference and sets them alongside the relevant text from the novel; in other cases, where only a painter’s name is mentioned to indicate a certain style or appearance, Karpeles has chosen a representative work to illustrate the impression that Proust sought to evoke.


With some 200 paintings beautifully reproduced in full color and texts drawn from the Moncrieff/Kilmartin/Enright translation, as well as concise commentaries on the evolving narrative, this book is an essential addition to the libraries of Proustians everywhere. The book also includes an authoritative introduction and a comprehensive index of artists and paintings mentioned in the novel.


    Paintings in Proust: A Visual Companion to In Search of Lost Time Reviews

  • Kalliope

    This is a perfect companion to Reading Proust’s entire work of La recherche du temps perdu, and we should consider ourselves lucky that Erik Karpeles undertook to prepare such a book. Even in times ...

  • Lynne King

    Eric Karpeles’s lavishly illustrated and comprehensive guide offers a feast for the eyes as it celebrates the close relationship between the visual and literary arts in Proust’s masterpiece. Karp...

  • Bram

    I wish all books were made like this one, physically-speaking. It's 350-odd pages, but it weighs about 12 pounds because of the luscious high-quality paper and binding. It's a pleasure just to hold th...

  • Edward

    Introduction--Paintings in Proust: A Visual Companion to In Search of Lost TimeNotesIndex of Painters and PaintingsAcknowledgments and Picture Credits...

  • El

    I'll be going back and forth between this and Proust as I read Remembrance of Things Past - already so far this evening I've referred to this book a handful of times which has enhanced my reading of S...

  • David Schaafsma

    This is a gorgeous book featuring paintings Proust mentions or representative paintings from painters he mentions in In Search of Lost Time, and it seems to me pretty indispensable for a few reasons a...

  • Jim Coughenour

    Sometimes a book appears like a gift. I came across this one recently on Amazon, as one of those "people who buy A also buy B" recommendations. I'm happy I succumbed.The idea here is so simple, it's s...

  • Ella

    When reading In Search of Lost Time/Remembrance of Things Past from my home in Baltimore Maryland, I spend a fair amount of time searching the internet or looking things up, not least of these is the ...

  • Wayne

    POST-Reading:Do we have the same faith in Art and Artists as Proust and Virginia Woolf, where Art is seen as having almost the same redemptive qualities as religion?? Schopenhauer declared the Artist ...

  • Kate

    This luminous book elaborates on the subtle analogies throughout En Recherche du temps perdu to paintings and their artists. All of Proust's allusions cement the relationship between literary and the ...