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The Last Painting of Sara de Vos (2016 original; edició 2017)

de Dominic Smith (Autor)

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"This 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 his earlier, award-winning novels, Dominic Smith demonstrated a gift for coaxing the past to life. Now, in The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, he deftly 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 art historian who painted a forgery of it in her youth. In 1631, Sara de Vos is admitted as a master painter to the Guild of St. Luke's in Holland, the first woman to be so recognized. 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 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 exhibit of female Dutch painters, and both versions threaten to arrive. As the three threads intersect, The Last Painting of Sara de Vos mesmerizes while it grapples with the demands of the artistic life, showing how the deceits of the past can forge the present"--… (més)
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Títol:The Last Painting of Sara de Vos
Autors:Dominic Smith (Autor)
Informació:Allen & Unwin (2017), Edition: Main, 384 pages
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The Last Painting of Sara de Vos de Dominic Smith (2016)

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The last Painting of Sara the Vos has helped break a spell, I hope. I have not read much over the last few months, I cannot even explain why. Maybe the “never ending grain harvest of 2016”, maybe the USA election and government corruption charges in Brazil, maybe Brexit, Calais, terrorism attacks in South France, Berlin, Istanbul, the number of refugees drowning in the Mediterranean, the murderous president of the Philippines, Trump’s tweets, and climate change deniers have all contributed to it. Maybe…

But I needed something light, yet fulfilling, warm and not cliché. Like a great bowl of onion soup with really great Parmesan cheese.

This book had all in the right doses for me: great writing, characters that sound true, storylines that had an easy flow, and meanderings about art.

I hope it has set a trend for my reading in 2017.

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  RosanaDR | Apr 15, 2021 |
Overall our book club members enjoyed the artistic description and rich history contained in the book, especially regarding the tools and painting techniques employed by Ellie and Sara de Vos. There was much to be learned about the art world, the complexities behind the meaning of the art works, as well as the challenges in the patronage and auction systems. All members of the book club enjoyed the prose and the structure of the story, noting that it was easy to follow. The unfolding mystery behind the art theft as well as the reconciliation between Marty and Ellie were some of the book's strengths. However, there were mixed feelings about the characterisation, with some members saying the characters were a bit dry. All members unanimously disliked Marty de Groot as a character (more for his behaviour than the actual writing of the character by the author), but enjoyed Sara de Vos very much, particularly regarding her positive relationship with Tomas towards the end of the book. Our members collectively rated this book 3.5 out of 5. ( )
  Tofey | Jan 18, 2021 |
I am not usually a fan of historical fiction. I much prefer contemporary fiction, literary suspense, mysteries and urban fantasy. However, this rather slim volume caught my eye, and I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. The Last Painting of Sara De Vos explores the history of one painting and the lives it impacts, from three separate time periods and locations: the Netherlands in the seventeenth century, Manhattan in the 1950's and Sydney, Australia in the year 2000.

This novel is a mesmerizing look at the lives of a fictional female Dutch painter, the future owner of the painting and its forger, and how these lives intersect in history and mystery. The author writes in alternating chapters from the perspective of each of these three characters, and wonderfully develops each one. The novel provides voluminous details about the Dutch Golden Age of art and the intricate techniques involved in painting restoration and forgery. The details of the different eras are so exquisitely described that I felt I was entering into those time periods. I got so caught up in this story that I did not want to stop reading as it raced to a surprisingly suspenseful resolution. I admit this novel may have changed my opinion about reading historical fiction! Very well done.
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  KellyWellRead | Dec 17, 2020 |
I should have known this wasn't the book for me when I saw comparisons to [b: Girl With a Pearl Earring|2865|Girl with a Pearl Earring|Tracy Chevalier|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1327197580s/2865.jpg|3358875]. There were a few parts that I did like: the descriptions of painting, Sara sassing the guild, some of the author's turns of phrase were lovely. But that wasn't enough to make up for all the things I didn't like. (EVERYTHING ELSE). ( )
  bookbrig | Aug 5, 2020 |
Well it's not true that I've finished reading it. Because I never will. I have tried 3 times to read this book but I only made it to page 65. Perhaps the subject matter had no interest for me (Dutch painting, forgeries) or perhaps it was the writing style. Each time I attempted to read this book, my mind wandered off and I found something more interesting to do. ( )
  Mercef | Jul 3, 2020 |
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"Smith’s book absorbs you from the start."
afegit per bookfitz | editaWashington Post, Ian Shapira (Apr 9, 2016)
 
"Apart from the story’s firm historical grounding, the narrative has a supple omniscience that glides, Möbius-like, among the centuries without a snag."
 
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"This 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 his earlier, award-winning novels, Dominic Smith demonstrated a gift for coaxing the past to life. Now, in The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, he deftly 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 art historian who painted a forgery of it in her youth. In 1631, Sara de Vos is admitted as a master painter to the Guild of St. Luke's in Holland, the first woman to be so recognized. 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 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 exhibit of female Dutch painters, and both versions threaten to arrive. As the three threads intersect, The Last Painting of Sara de Vos mesmerizes while it grapples with the demands of the artistic life, showing how the deceits of the past can forge the present"--

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