2 April 1981
Show More Absorption and Theatricality: Painting and Beholder in the Age of Diderot by Michael Fried.
California, 249 pp., £16.50, February 1981, 0 520 03758 8Show More
“... the painting, which becomes the more real precisely because it has apparently not been painted to be observed, but simply is, independent of the observer. The art of the Salons of the 1750s, argues MichaelFried, is much preoccupied by such images of absorption, a preoccupation which was registered and admired by contemporary critics: but the very fact that it was thus registered made the problem of ...”