What Are You Looking At?: Cézanne

  • by Will Gompertz
  • Narrated by Will Gompertz
  • 0 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

What is modern art? Why do we either love it or loathe it? And why is it worth so much damn money? Join Will Gompertz, the BBC Arts Editor, and probably the world’s first art-history stand-up comedian, on a dazzling audio tour that will change the way you think about modern art forever. In the fifth installment of this 20-part course, one man discovers the 19th century equivalent of 3-D HD: Cézanne becomes the first person to paint using two eyes, completely reinventing perspective, and thus affecting pretty much every picture you’ve seen since.
And if you want to examine the images in question, just use the accompanying PDF, or follow the links mentioned in the audio.
"Cézanne" is part of a downloadable audiobook series taken from the book What Are You Looking At?: 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye. You can take the whole course, or pick and choose which movement suits you. Whether you are a sceptic or an art lover, this funny, lively and accessible course on modern art is bound to make your next gallery or museum visit a little less intimidating, and a lot more interesting.

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What made the experience of listening to What Are You Looking At?: Cézanne the most enjoyable?

This whole series 'What are you looking at?' is a masterpiece. Gompertz enjoys full mastery of the subject but what is most appealing is the succinct, original and clear way he tackles the subject. It is a pleasure listening to his explanations which he expounds most lucidly. Worth every cent. I have read hundreds of books on art and can recognize excellent material quickly.This is how art should be explained.


What does Will Gompertz bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Listening to Gompertz reading, adds to the flavour and glint of his book. He gives the written word a stronger impact.


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- Philip

Enjoyable little history

Where does What Are You Looking At?: Cézanne rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I'm not really a ranking type person, but I did enjoy the book very much.


What was one of the most memorable moments of What Are You Looking At?: Cézanne?

Learining that Cézanne was attempting to depict the realism of our real life viewing experience as opposed to viewing objects from a static position.


Have you listened to any of Will Gompertz’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I listened to Postmodernism and liked it just as much.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Learning that Cézanne did so much tremendous work from such a remote location without seeking to immerse himself in Parisian culture or anything else like that. This means a lot to me because I am an artist who, because of a physical disability, is limited in my ability to travel to New York or the West Coast, the necessity of which was hammered into every student in the art program I attended.


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- Elisabeth Doherty

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-11-2012
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd