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The Resource The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

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The Last Painting of Sara de Vos
Title
The Last Painting of Sara de Vos
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Dominic Smith
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Language
eng
Summary
Highly evocative of time and place, this stunning novel explores a triumvirate of fate, choice and consequence, and is worthy of comparison to Tracy Chevalier's Girl with a Pearl Earring and Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch . . . A masterly, multilayered story that will dazzle readers.' Library JournalThis is what we long for: the profound pleasure of being swept into vivid new worlds, worlds peopled by characters so intriguing and real that we can't shake them, even long after the reading's done. In this extraordinary novel, The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, Australian writer Dominic Smith brilliantly bridges the historical and the contemporary, tracking a collision course between a rare landscape by a female Dutch painter of the Golden Age, an inheritor of the work in 1950s Manhattan, and a celebrated Australian art historian who painted a forgery of it in her youth.In 1631, Sara de Vos is admitted to the Guild of St. Luke in Holland as a master painter, the first woman to be so honoured. Three hundred years later, only one work attributed to de Vos is known to remain-a haunting winter scene, At the Edge of a Wood, which hangs over the Manhattan bed of a wealthy descendant of the original owner. An Australian grad student, Ellie Shipley, struggling to stay afloat in New York, agrees to paint a forgery of the landscape, a decision that will haunt her. Because now, half a century later, she's curating an exhibition of female Dutch painters, and both versions threaten to arrive.As the three threads intersect with increasing and exquisite suspense, The Last Painting of Sara de Vos mesmerises while it grapples with the demands of the artistic life, showing how the deceits of the past can forge the present
Summary
Parallel narratives unfold and eventually converge in this multi-layered novel, which explores the legacy of fictional 17th-century Dutch painter Sara de Vos. The artist's masterpiece, At the Edge of a Wood, is stolen from Manhattan attorney Marty de Groot's Upper East Side residence in 1957 and replaced with a skillfully executed forgery that remains a secret for decades -- until museum curator Ellie Shipley, who created the fake, is confronted by the two versions of the painting. Don't miss this richly detailed and complex meditation on art and identity by the author of Bright and Distant Shores. -- Description by Gillian Speace
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Award
Australian Book Industry Awards, Literary Fiction Book of the Year, 2017.
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BT
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Smith, Dominic
Dewey number
813
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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dictionaries
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Target audience
adult
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The Last Painting of Sara de Vos
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OVERDRIVE:14a733aa-2616-4666-a588-eb11d7491d39
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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Isbn
9781952533938
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optical disk
Label
The Last Painting of Sara de Vos
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:14a733aa-2616-4666-a588-eb11d7491d39
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781952533938
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Specific material designation
optical disk

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