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The Last Painting of Sara de Vos - A Novel-logo

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos - A Novel

Dominic Smith

A masterful new story charts the circuitous course of the sole surviving work of a female Dutch painter 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. This program includes a Reading Group Guide read by the author.

A masterful new story charts the circuitous course of the sole surviving work of a female Dutch painter 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. This program includes a Reading Group Guide read by the author.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

A masterful new story charts the circuitous course of the sole surviving work of a female Dutch painter 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. This program includes a Reading Group Guide read by the author.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Edoardo Ballerini

Length:

9h 57m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:44


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

01:50


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

33:56


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

12:38


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

27:00


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:12


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

30:11


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

52:35


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

24:04


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

13:07


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

13:12


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

21:22


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

32:25


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

13:18


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

16:51


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

20:15


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

21:29


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

12:14


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

42:25


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

18:11


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

14:03


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

14:43


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

16:20


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

48:00


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

45:23


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

38:43


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

02:51


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

00:42