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Title: Een atmosfeer van goud
Subtitle: Beeldende kunst in het vroege werk van Louis Couperus
Author(s): VAN BUUL, Anne
Journal: Spiegel der Letteren
Volume: 55    Issue: 3   Date: 2013   
Pages: 327-346
DOI: 10.2143/SDL.55.3.2990700

Abstract :
In the works of Louis Couperus, visual arts are omnipresent. In his journalistic works as well as in his poems and novels, Couperus often refers to artists and art works. This article explores the various functions fulfilled by references to and descriptions of art in three of Couperus’ early works: Reis-impressies (1896), Metamorphose (1897), and Langs lijnen van geleidelijkheid (1900). Couperus incorporated not only impressions of classical and renaissance art that he saw on his trips to Italy, but also contemporary art from artists with whom he was acquainted. However, the references to these different kinds of art (in the form of references, allusions, or ekphrastic descriptions) fullfill similar functions in Couperus’ work: they emphasize the themes of the works or accompany poetical reflections on the task of artists and writers.

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