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The Ekphrasis of Abstract and Monochromatic Paintings

The notion of ekphrasis as a distinctive genre of writing in relation to images arrives in the mid nineteenth century (Webb 1999). John Keats’ ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’ and W.H. Auden’s ‘In the Musée des Beaux Arts’ are famous examples. A loose definition is also given by James Heffernan when he declares that ekphrasis is ‘a verbal representation of visual representation’ (Heffernan 2004). But precisely how word and image correspond is a subject of extensive inquiry (Krieger 1992; Mitchell 1995), ...

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