Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Hare With Amber Eyes

Reading now.

"Edmund De Waal, the globally renowned ceramist-artist and the conservator of ceramic artifacts in the Victoria & Albert Museum, who has spent over thirty years crafting magnificent ceramic pots, brings forth his family memoirs for sharing with the beloved brotherhood. The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance, the multi-award winning biography, projects the story behind the authors inheritance - a collection comprising of 264 netsuke, little palm-sized Japanese wood and ivory carvings, which the author puts forth as "small, tough explosions of exactitude." His journey of communication with elements of art has developed in him a sense to seek the source of life in artworks and expressive objects; and so comes to life a desire to know the origin of his inheritance, how the collection came to be his, and how it had managed to survive generations.
He sets on a quest to unravel the legend of the netsuke, and what he encounters is an old truth, a family legend that has made him an object of expression for history. He learns that he descends from the Ephrussis, a wealthy Jewish dynasty of the 19th century, holding respect and prominence amongst the societies of Paris and Vienna, who by the interlude of World War II witnessed their empire being razed by the Nazis. But, a collection of fine artworks survived the dark times and made it till now, safe at the hands of Edmund De Waal - art seeks home after a journey that did only to delay the reunion, little sweat, no sweat." -source is Best Selling Book Reviews.  Link here.

No comments:

Post a Comment