When is a work of art finished? Can it be complete in a mental
sense? And who decides? In this highly original and wide-ranging
study, Carel Blotkamp explores the concept and manifestations of
'the end' in art. From the idea of a mortal end to the notion of
completeness, Blotkamp describes a fascinating array of historical
facts and myths as well as novels on art and artists. He examines
the value of the last works of artists, considering how a
particular end came about and how that might affect our perception
of the work; the difference in the styles of artists in old age;
unfinished last works and those completed by another's hand; and
the mythology inherent in the reception of last works, taking the
last works of Raphael and Mondrian as prime examples. For students,
artists and art enthusiasts looking for a new perspective on modern
art, The End is the perfect place to start.
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