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Jacques Callot’s Line Sublime

Perl is so skilled at deriding bad art that I sometimes forget how well he writes of art he loves. As here. “Rarely have life’s sweetness and bitterness been embraced with more evenhanded genius than in the work of Jacques Callot. The seventeenth-century French printmaker finds an ethics of vision—a way of grappling with whatever the world has to offer—in the indomitable force and lucidity of his line” (3,570 words)

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