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Friday, March 29, 2013

The Art Forger

Despite no formal coursework in the area, I love art history. When a book review discusses an art topic, I usually add it to my adult reading list. Last week, that book was THE ART FORGER by B.A. Shapiro. Its main character, Claire Roth, has been wronged in some way (which is slowly revealed to the reader), and she seeks a way to gain recognition in the Boston art world. Until that time, she paints reproductions of famous works for an online company. Thus, the offer from a gallery owner to copy a Degas painting in exchange for her own show seems to be an opportunity she cannot refuse. Add to that the Isabella Stewart Gardner heist of 1990 and some incredibly detailed detective work in sketchbooks and process, and the book became one that completely engaged me.

4 comments:

  1. First, your photo is beautiful!! (Have you read the adult novel, Tulipmania by Anne Goldgar?) I can't wait to pick up The Art Forger, for several reasons (one being that you recommend it). Boston, it is "my" city for art museums! Good Easter weekend to you, dear Jewel!

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  2. I have followed it right from the outset. What a tale!

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  3. I gave this book to several people for Christmas, but neglected to read it myself. You have spurred me on!

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  4. Ah, I must get this one, and I need a bouquet of tulips that reminds me that spring really is here...at last.

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