The Last Painting of Sara de Vos: A Novel


The Last Painting of Sara de Vos: A Novel Author Dominic Smith
ISBN-10 1250118328
ISBN-13 9781250118325
Year 2017-04-04
Pages 304
Language English
Publisher Picador
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Amsterdam 1631 Sara de Vos becomes the first woman to be admitted as a master painter to the citys Guild of St Luke Though women do not paint landscapes they are generally restricted to indoor subjects a wintry outdoor scene haunts Sara She cannot shake the image of a young girl from a nearby village standing alone beside a silver birch at dusk staring out at a group of skaters on the frozen river below Defying the expectations of her time she decides to paint it New York City 1957 The only known surviving work of Sara de Vos At the Edge of a Wood hangs in the bedroom of a wealthy Manhattan lawyer Marty de Groot a descendant of the original owner It is a beautiful but comfortless landscape The lawyers marriage is prominent but comfortless too When a struggling art history grad student Ellie Shipley agrees to forge the painting for a dubious art dealer she finds herself entangled with its owner in ways no one could predict Sydney 2000 Now a celebrated art historian and curator Ellie Shipley is mounting an exhibition in her field of specialization female painters of the Dutch Golden Age When it becomes apparent that both the original At the Edge of a Wood and her forgery are en route to her museum the life she has carefully constructed threatens to unravel entirely and irrevocably

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