Now I don't have an art history background nor do I paint, but OMG this book interested me. There was plenty to learn from this novel. Shapiro gave us a history lesson on Edgar Degas, the famous art heist of the Gardner Museum in Boston and on Isabella Gardner herself. She also spent time describing the time consuming process of traditional oil painting dry on dry (which I had no idea about!) She even went into how paintings are authenticated.
All very interesting. I found none of that giving me a headache.
|After the Bath, Edgar Degas, 1898
|After the Bath reworked 1890-1990
The mystery of the book was a nice vehicle to keep the novel moving but what I found totally engaging was the journey of Claire the artist. So many times I could feel myself crying for her, routing for her, cringing for her. At one time, I thought, OMG this girl needs a mother who will tell her some truths in life and art. Even by the end of the novel I still thought - wow - Claire has got a lot to learn.
So if you feel like a good art oriented read, pick up Shapiro's Art Forger. This is one that I can totally see me reading again!
So what have been up to creatively?