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Descrierea operei de artă în romanele lui Camil Petrescu

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Publication: Analele Universității din București. Limba și literatura română, LVIII
p-ISSN:1220-0271
Publisher:Editura Universității din Bucureşti
Place:București
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Abstract:I intend to show how Camil Petrescu uses art description (ekphrasis) in order to associate different symbolic values to his characters: by comparing Ella to a madonna and Emilia to La Goulue, a famous cabaret dancer, Rubens´s Venus, or to nudes painted by Picasso or Favorv (in Fred Vasilescu´s vision) and to Titien´s Lavinia (in Ladima´s eyes), Camil Petrescu proves to be among the first Romanian writers who understands the use of such a rhetorical device. As a theorist of the modern novel, Camil Petrescu could not have overseen the importance of ekphrasis (art description) in Proust´s novel. The Romanian novelist transforms the proustian technique of ”ekphrastic love” (Swan falls in love with Odette´s when he notices her resemblance to a Botticellian character). A secondary objective of this paper to show how Modernist art, and especially the Avant-garde, is reflected in Camil Petrescu´s novels.
Key words:ekphrasis, art description, Romanian novel, Camil Petrescu, Proust
Language: Romanian
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