Brief History of the Smile by Angus Trumble
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Brief History of the Smile
By Angus Trumble

Brief History of the Smile

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Brief History of the Smile by Angus Trumble

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Every smile is the product of physical processes common to all humans. But since the dawn of civilization, the upward movement of the muscles of the face has carried a bewildering range of meanings. Supreme enlightenment is reflected in the holy smile of the Buddha, yet the Victorians thought of open-mouthed smiling as obscene, and nineteenth-century English and American slang equated "smiling" with drinking whisky. In A Brief History of the Smile, Angus Trumble deftly combines art, poetry, history, and biology into an intriguing portrait of the many nuances of the smile. Elegantly illustrating his points with emblematic works of art, from eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European paintings to Japanese woodblock prints, Trumble explores the meanings of smiling in a variety of cultures and contexts. Effortlessly mingling erudition, wit, and personal anecdote, Trumble weaves a seamless interdisciplinary tapestry, bringing his expertise as a writer, historian, and thinker to bear on the art of smiling in this warm and perceptive work.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780465087792
ISBN-10: 0465087795
Format: Paperback
(204mm x 135mm x 19mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 12-Jan-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Takes readers inside Samuel and Gabrielle Lurie's private collection of contemporary British art, an intended gift to the Yale Center for British Art, which includes major works by Ian Stephenson, Patrick Caulfield, and John Walker, as well as important prints by Howard Hodgkin and R B Kitaj.

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Author Biography - Angus Trumble

Angus Trumble has worked for Christie's in New York, and has been curator of European Paintings and Sculpture at the Art Gallery of South Australia in Adelaide. He is currently the Curator for Paintings and Sculpture at the Yale Center for British Arts. He has written six books.

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