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Rating: 4 Cups
Berthe Morisot is very serious about her art. Uncommon for the era, she and her sister were encouraged in their “hobby” by their parents. At the age of twenty seven she is a bit old to be unmarried.
Eduoard Manet is a very famous painter, married, older and a well known womanizer. He is also charming, likable and very attractive, dangerously so.
Berthe Morisot lives on through her paintings and has a very important place among the Impressionist artists. Her friendship with her fellow artists, particularly Manet for whom she modeled, is well known. She later became his sister-in-law. The author tells her story through her eyes in a fictionalized account of her life and times.
I do not usually enjoy books written in the first person, but the style works really well in this novel. I had a vague familiarity with the main characters and enjoyed getting to know the author’s version of them. The characters, setting, and the turbulent times the characters lived in were fascinating to me. The author brought historical figures to life very well here and even though this is a fictionalized account, the author sticks pretty close to actual historical events surrounding her characters.
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