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Pictorialism in the Fictional Miniatures of Albert Paris Gütersloh

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Ingrid E. Laue

Pictorialism in the Fictional Miniatures of Albert Paris Gütersloh represents a first attempt in scholarly literature at highlighting the writer and painter Albert Paris Gütersloh's artistic duality by focusing on his «fictional miniatures,» i.e. the short prose works. This book breaks new ground by demonstrating that Gütersloh's written and painted works are of a distinctly unified and analogous nature, exemplified most succinctly in the artist's fictional miniatures when juxtaposed with his painted miniatures. By isolating such compositional elements as delineation, framing, staging, setting, and colour - both descriptive and metaphorical - the author establishes that in his fictional miniatures Gütersloh persistently thinks and writes in «pictures,» working from a largely pictorial conception and a visually creative imagination. This exploration fills an existing gap in Gütersloh scholarship, and no doubt will stimulate further research.