“Don’t think, but look!” (Bilingual edition)

A View of Painting over Seven Centuries


This book is not yet published, but will be available from May 2024.

ISBN: 9783775756396 Category:


Showing What Cannot Be Explained

Along the three major themes of technique, art epochs, and pictorial genres, art history can delve into the smallest details. “Don’t think, but look!” concern is diametrically opposed. Foregoing any commentary text, this book is about the conscious act of seeing without distraction in order to recognize the essential-the “unexplainable”- in the work of art.

This publication does not intend to be a comprehensive history of art. Instead, this quite subjective selection of 338 paintings aims to provide an unclouded view of the chronological development of Western painting over seven centuries. The key painting is on the cover: Cezanne’s Bathers (Les Grandes Baigneuses) that, like a gateway, opens the path to the non-representational image of our time.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 30.5 x 23.3 cm
Publisher name Hatje Cantz Verlag
Publication date 8 May 2024
Number of pages 328
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Jens Neubert, Text by Walter Feilchenfeldt
Dimensions 30.5 x 23.3 cm
Weight 300 g


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WALTER FEILCHENFELDT jr. (*1939, Amsterdam) is a Swiss art dealer, collector and researcher. After studying economics at the University of Zurich, he went to London to work for Sotheby's as an art expert in the Impressionist and Modernist fields, before joining the Walter Kunsthandlung Walter Feilchenfeldt in 1966, which his father had founded in succession Paul Cassirer's Art Salon in Zurich. He made a name for himself as an expert on Paul Cezanne and Vincent van Gogh and was co-editor of numerous publications.