The Last Painting of Sara De Vos

The Last Painting of Sara De Vos

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2016
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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"--
Publisher: New York :, Sarah Crichton Books,, 2016
ISBN: 9781427279071
Branch Call Number: Online Audio Book
Characteristics: 1 sound file :,digital
audio file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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elizali
Mar 13, 2017

Edoardo Ballerini is my favorite voice actor. This is his third book I have listened to, and it is never disappointing. The novel itself kept me thinking about it all day, even when away from listening to it. Found the story to be unexpected and bright.

bookishdl Feb 19, 2017

Well constructed novel about the consequences of decisions made by three different people across three time periods. I loved the detail about art and the complexities of constructing a painting which provided enough detail without going into too much detail. The characters were well developed and I had a real sense of who they were.

The narrator of the book is great but I really didn't like his attempt at an Australian accent - I'd have preferred him to narrate as himself as it did spoil it for me - sounded like a cross between South African and NZ.

AL_ANNAL Sep 06, 2016

A compelling plot that jumps from 1635 (when a Dutch painter is moved to create a masterpiece following the death of her young daughter) to 1958 (when an art student is paid to create a forgery of the painting) to 2000 (when the forgery seems bound to be discovered) this is a well-written and compelling portrayal of three different times and places.

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sherit
Aug 11, 2016

Somewhat melancholy and beautiful book. Up there with "Girl with a Pear Earring." Well worth reading.

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