Luncheon of the Boating Party
From the bestelling author of GIRL IN HYACINTH BLUE, "A vivid exploration of one of the most beloved Renoir paintings in the world, done with a flourish worthy of Renoir himself" (USA Today) With her richly textured novels, Susan Vreeland has offered pioneering portraits of artists' lives. As she did in Girl in Hyacinth Blue, Vreeland focuses on a single painting, Auguste Renoir's instantly recognizable masterpiece, which depicts a gathering of Renoir's real friends enjoying a summer Sunday on a cafe terrace along the Seine. Narrated by Renoir and seven of the models, the novel illuminates the gusto, hedonism, and art of the era. With a gorgeous palette of vibrant, captivating characters, Vreeland paints their lives, loves, losses, and triumphs so vividly that "the painting literally comes alive" (The Boston Globe).
- Paperback | 429 pages
- 139.7 x 213.36 x 30.48mm | 430.91g
- 01 Mar 2008
- Penguin Books
- New York, NY, United Kingdom
- 1-page color insert (see production note)
?Vreeland's most ambitious book yet.? ?"The Philadelphia Inquirer" ?If a trip to Paris is a bit outside of your price range, Vreeland's new novel is the next best thing.? ?"Parade" ?A masterwork.? ?"The San Diego Union-Tribune" ?Exquisitely wrought . . . this summer's most satisfying historical novel.? ?"The Seattle Times" ?Vreeland takes the big bold brush strokes of Renoir's personal and artistic oeuvre and displays them with her usual vividness in this eponymous novel. . . . Sensual and provocative.? ?"The Baltimore Sun"
About Susan Vreeland
Susan Vreeland is the New York Times bestselling author of eight books, including Clara and Mr. Tiffany and Girl in Hyacinth Blue. She lives in San Diego.