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3.5 

Title: Last Painting of Sara de Vos
Authors: Smith, Dominic
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 374
Year: 2016
Language: English
Description: Two talented women more than three centuries apart, rising to the challenges of putting brush to canvas: Sara de Vos, a Dutch painter of the Golden Age and Ellie Shipley, an Australian art history student starving in a garret in 1950s New York. Persuaded to emulate Sara's only known work, 'At the Edge of the Woods', Ellie sets in play a series of events, drawing in Marty De Groot, owner of the painting, and culminating in a Sydney exhibition Ellie will curate decades later.

As multi-layered as the painting at its heart, this meticulously researched story celebrates the creation of art and its magnetic pull on those within its orbit, underpinned by realistic characters and an attention to detail, down to the last brushstroke.
Categories: Fiction, The Arts, Historical, Morals/Ethics, Relationships, 2019 Titles

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By: DUNED 033 2019-03-06 13:42:27
4.5 
Most people enjoyed this book and felt it gave a really good idea of what the painting might have been like.

By: AUCK 116 2019-03-06 13:40:50
4 
The whole group enjoyed the book, and the way it moved through the generations. Great information regarding women artists, forgery and the Art Guilds of the 17th century.

By: CHCH 086 2019-03-06 13:39:03
3.5 
We had a good discussion of some complex questions. Well-written, and an interesting representation of several historical periods.

 
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