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The Ephrussis could have converted before the Nazis forced their hand but did not. Feb 08, Gail rated it really liked it Shelves: In addition to becoming an early supporter of the Impressionists, he also latches on to the then-prevailing Parisian enthusiasm for all things Japanese.
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It’s like a guided tour of far countries and cultures, and very well done indeed. When I am back in London I put one of these netsuke in my pocket for a day and carry it round. Yees a remarkable experience.
Then I am also interested in this wealthy Jewish family. I think this should have been made evident by now, but I am willing to give it another chance. And then the horror of the growth of the nazis, the horror that all happened so quickly – who would know that one week you could go to the opera, and the next have all taken from you and to be sent away hhare a train to a death camp.
The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal – review
Here the grain was stored in his warehouses before being exported across the Black Sea, up the Danube, across the Mediterranean. They looked at the netsuke together and his decision was made for him. Charles gave the carvings as a wedding gift to his cousin Viktor in Vienna; his children were allowed to play with eues netsuke each while they watched their mother, the Baroness Emmy, dress for ball after ball. History How recent the emancipation of Jews in Europe has been isn’t always evident in this book.
In crossing over from ceramic to yhe creativity, de Waal also crosses cities, continents and generations, constantly alert to the power of places and objects — from national monuments to netsuke — to unfold human history. What I have learned about Charles is that he is an art critic, an art collector and he knew all the right people, although his Jewish heritage is beginning to cause troble.
The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance by Edmund de Waal: review
Thank God for the pedigree chart in the front because keeping the characters straight was difficult.
See all 1, reviews. Charles bought the netsuke during the craze for Japonisme. If anyone out there knows of similar books, LMK! Showing of 1, reviews.
I hope by continuing I will come to like this book. The awards for the book seem motivated by compassion for the riches-to-rags family history coupled with a Goodwin bonusmore than for the craftsmanship of the author. A tiger, all shoulder and feet, turning round to snarl.
The story spans over four generations and two World Wars, in a sweeping, extremely moving tale of family, art and history. The second is the Viennese dressing room of de Waal’s great-great grandmother Emmy von Ephrussi at a time when the Austrian capital is being torn waap by war.
She is the one that kept me reading the book when I was about to dump it. I wanted to know what it was about Japan that produced such intensity and zeal in artists, and such crossness in academics as they pointed out one misinterpretation after another.
This book is my journey to the places in which this collection lived. This story could have been told so much better and should have been told so much better.
Jan 01, Shauna rated it really liked it Shelves: Afterwards, they examined the netsuke, one by one. On one occasion I felt the author delivered what I was looking for. This is a very special book — de Waal approaches his extraordinary family history as the artist he is, art, paintings, and especially decorative objects and architecture are all infused with his extraordinary visual and tactile sense.
I threw hundreds of soup-bowls and honey-pots in grey stoneware hae and swept the floor. Read it even, also, particularly, as a personal journey, fdmund exploration into the complex world of family heritage—and inheritance.
Its a beautiful book –family history –and history of our time! This is a delicate work detailing rather amazing figurines in some of recent history’s more nefarious climates. InElisabeth’s brother, Ignace Iggievisited Tunbridge Wells between postings for an international grain exporter. He sits leaning into it, framed by it, brows puckered with concentration.
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Iggie and Jiro came and I could see them encouraging me across their glasses of champagne. I love how the Japanese people value the beauty of every day articles. An edict decreed that all Jews had to take new names.