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Novels about paintings?

 
 
Reply Wed 27 Apr, 2005 09:37 pm
I couldn't decide if I should post this in Art or Books, but here it is:

I would like to have recommendations for good novels about art or paintings. I have read "Girl with A Pearl Earring" (loved it, read her new one about tapestries, it was OK), "Headlong" (about Bruegel - very much enjoyed it), "Girl In Hyacinth Blue" (didn't really like it, too choppy), "Agony & the Ecstacy" and" Lust for Life" (fun epics), "The DaVinci Code (good, but didn't live up to the hype IMHO) and probably a small stack of others I can't recall the titles from. Genre of book doesn't matter: mystery, comedy, drama, romance, classic literature - all are fine with me. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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coluber2001
 
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Reply Wed 27 Apr, 2005 11:27 pm
Irving Stone wrote another biographical novel, "Depths of Glory" about the struggles of French impressionist Camille Pizarro and the other painters of the period. The novel wasn't as dramatic as "Lust for Life," but it gave a good historical account of the more typical lives of French painters of the period.
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shepaints
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 07:26 am
Moulin Rouge: A novel based on the life of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
by Pierre La Mure

It's a weeper.
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material girl
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 07:33 am
I saw the origianl Moulin Rouge film with Jose Ferrer.Is the book as heartweepingly emotional as the film?
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shepaints
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 07:35 am
I didn't see the film you mention MG.....but
prepare yourself for the end of this book...sniff, sob
(wiping away tears) boo hoo.
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material girl
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 07:46 am
Ive taken note of the author and Il have a look out for it.

I like the idea of reading a story incorporating art.

Years ago I saw a drama on TV starring Helen Mirren.It was about thieves stealing work by Artemisia Gentleschi(probably spelt that wrongly).
I noticed that at the end of some scenes it replicated a painting.
The only one I can remember was Helen Mirren in a bath with her hair up in a towel, her arm over the edge of the bath and a box like a wooden removal box to the side of the bath.
Ive just tried to google the picture but cant find it.It is a medieval type pic, I think the words David and Surat were written on the box in the painting.And I think the man in the pic had tried to commit suicide.Red and white were predominant colours.

Sorry to waffle on.They probably replicated more than one painting but I only recognised the one.
I thought it was a great idea.
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shepaints
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 07:55 am
The painting you are referring to is "The Death
of Marat" by Jaques Louis-David

http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/cas/his/CoreArt/art/neocl_dav_marat.html

stunning!
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material girl
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 08:12 am
Ooohh I had a feeling youd know.Thanks,it would have bugged me for ages.
I was quite close on the description.Havnt looked at art book for ages.

Such a lovely but sad picture.
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material girl
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 08:15 am
Had a google in IMDB and the tv series I saw Mirren in was called Painted Lady(1997).She plays a Countess who is a shady art dealer.
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shepaints
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 08:25 am
Thanks MG....I hope to get a chance to see it.
I do remember seeing "Lust for Life". I believe
it starred Kirk Douglas, not a great movie, imho.
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material girl
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 08:32 am
Oh was that where he plays Van Gogh??I caught a bit of that years ago.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 08:52 am
I have dozens, mostly mysteries, but am not at home to scour through them for titles a few weeks.
In the meantime, if you are so inclined you could check Amazon through the a2k home page and look for art + mysteries.
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boomerang
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 09:24 am
Two very, very good ones are:

"What's Bred In The Bone" by Robertson Davies
"Gould's Book of Fish" by Richard Flanagan
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boomerang
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 09:34 am
Another really fun read is "Edie" - the biography of Edie Sedgewick which primarily focuses on her days with Andy Warhol.
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boomerang
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 09:41 am
Along the same vein as "Edie" is "Milking the Moon" the biography of Eugene Walter "the best-known man you've never heard of".

And,

"The Tale of Mirasaki" an imagined life of the world's first novelist who wrote the "Tales of Genji".

Okay, not painting but art nonetheless.
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mac11
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 09:44 am
I just read The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant which I can recommend. It is set in Florence during the Renaissance.
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material girl
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 09:47 am
Renaissance and Florence!!Sounds like its my cup of tea.
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Miklos7
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 01:56 pm
Two novels about art that I'd recommend highly are:
ATHENA, by John Banville
A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY, by JL CARR
Both are available in paperback. The first is a mystery about art forgery. The second is a quiet but powerful character study. They are very well written, I think.
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Green Witch
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 08:46 pm
Thanks folks, a number of these titles are new to me.

Speaking of Artemisa, there was a movie a few years ago about her life and trial. Although they twisted her rape into a love story (hey, it's a French film, what would you expect), I really thought it was well done. They captured the time and place with beautiful photography, sets and costumes. However, I don't recommend the book "The Passion of Artemisa", very disappointing.
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material girl
 
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Reply Fri 29 Apr, 2005 01:55 am
Saw that film, liked it too.
I loved the way it showed her frantically trying to master her art with loads of frantic sketches.
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