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Thunderclap

Literary Biography & Memoir
Hardback Published on: 06/07/2023
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Thunderclap
Sublime
Part of the wonder of art is the singular connection we form, invisible strings that draw us to one piece and not another. It's deeply personal and all but... READ MORE
John - Glasgow Silverburn
Thunderclap
A love letter to Dutch art
‘Thunderclap’ by Laura Cumming is a captivating celebration of Dutch art as well as a moving exploration of the power of paintings for creator and audience... READ MORE
Melanie
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Once in a while a book comes along which is so beautifully written you feel compelled to seek out every book the author has written.
Once in a while a book comes along which is so beautifully written you feel compelled to seek out every other book the author has written, Thunderclap is s... READ MORE
LARA MIEDUNIECKI
Thunderclap
A deep dive into the lasting power of art
This interesting book caught my eye, as it made me think back to my visit to the Rijksmuseum and enjoying all the Dutch art. Thunderclap mixes art history ... READ MORE
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A beautiful, moving book
I found this book to be so moving but also fascinating, as an art fan I learnt so much about Dutch art but also enjoyed the memoir aspects of this book jus... READ MORE
tia dawson
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The Power of Art
Thunderclap is an art history book, and Thunderclap is a memoir. But it's also more than that. Thunderclap is a passionate, chest-expanded, lung-filled... READ MORE
Colin

Synopsis

From the Sunday Times-bestselling author of On Chapel Sands

'We see with everything that we are'

On the morning of 12 October 1654, in the Dutch city of Delft, a sudden explosion was followed by a thunderclap that could be heard more than seventy miles away. Carel Fabritius - now known across the world for his exquisite painting, The Goldfinch - had been at work in his studio. He, along with many others, would not survive the day.

In Thunderclap, Laura Cumming reveals her passion for the art of the Dutch Golden Age and her determination to lift up the reputation of Fabritius. She reveals the Netherlands, where - wandering the narrow streets of Amsterdam, driving across the flatlands, or pausing at a quiet waterfront - she encounters the rich reality behind the shining beauty of Vermeer and Rembrandt, Hals and de Hooch. She shares too her relationship with her father, the Scottish artist James Cumming, who had his own deep connection to Dutch painting, and who taught her about colour, light and the rewards of looking deeply.

This is a book about what a picture may come to mean: how it can enter your life and change your thinking in a thunderclap, a sudden clarity of sight. This is also a book about the precariousness of human life - the way it may be snatched from us in an instant. What can art do to sustain us? The work that survives tells its own compelling story in these pages.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781784744526
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Weight: 640g
  • Dimensions: 212 x 154 x 30 mm

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Thunderclap
Simply wonderful..
The life-like painting ‘The Goldfinch’, painted by the Dutch artist Carel Fabritius, who died in a gunpowder warehouse explosion in 1654, inspired many nov... READ MORE
Emine at Bromley
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A gem of a book
Thunderclap is a gem of a book. For a start it is beautifully produced, with high quality binding, paper and illustrations. I read it the week after I had ... READ MORE
Catherine Potter
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A Sublime Meditation on Dutch Art and So Much More
A glorious meditation on Dutch art in general, Carel Fabritius in particular and a loving homage to Cumming's artist father. This book follows lots of diff... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley