Jabberwocky for 2005 January 29 (entry 0)

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[Comments] (1) Elisabeth: I am reading the fascinating memoirs of Madame Vigee Lebrun (the painter.) She was born in 1755 and lived through the monarchy, the French Revolution, Napoleon, and even after. I've always admired her art, so I picked up a copy of her memoirs. (In translation of course.) She knew just everyone, and tells all while never being catty.

Particularly interesting are the places where she evaluates paintings she sees. Many of them are famous paintings which will be familiar to the reader, and seeing them through Vigee Lebrun's eyes makes them come alive again. Just as interesting are the sections in which she talks about the paintings she is doing. I'm having a hard time putting the book down.


Posted by Marianne Morse at Sat Jan 29 2005 13:09

When you talk about a book you are reading I usually put it on my list of books to read. This one sounds wonderful.

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