Blog Tour: The Portraitist: A Novel of Adelaide Labille-Guiard by Susanne Dunlap

The Portraitist: A Novel of Adelaide Labille-Guiard
by Susanne Dunlap

Publication Date: August 30, 2022
She Writes Press

Style: Historic Fiction



Based mostly on a real story, that is the story of Adélaïde Labille-Guiard’s struggle to take her rightful place within the aggressive artwork world of eighteenth-century Paris.

With a lovely rival who’s higher linked and higher skilled than she is, Adélaïde faces an uphill battle. Her love affair along with her younger teacher in oil portray provides rise to suspicions that he touches up her work, and her resolution to make much-needed cash by executing erotic pastels threatens to create as many issues because it solves. In the meantime, her rival goes from power to power, changing into Marie Antoinette’s official portraitist and gaining entrance to the elite Académie Royale similtaneously Adélaïde.

When eventually Adélaïde earns her personal royal appointment and receives a large fee from a member of the royal household, the timing couldn’t be worse: it’s 1789, and with the autumn of the Bastille her world is turned the wrong way up by political chaos and revolution. With hazard round each nook in her beloved Paris, she should discover a solution to alter to the brand new order, carving out a life and a profession yet again—and keep alive within the course of.

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“An imaginative work that brings the story of a little-known artist to vivid life.” –Kirkus Evaluations

“Deeply researched and imagined, The Portraitist provides a captivating and dramatic plunge into the world of an excellent feminine artist, struggling to make her mark earlier than and throughout the turbulent and treacherous period of the French Revolution. I liked this novel.” –Sandra Gulland, worldwide bestselling creator of The Josephine Trilogy

“Written with breathless drama, The Portraitist follows the rise of the gifted portraitist Adélaïde Labille-Guiard in Paris over the last years of the late eighteenth century. The novel is a luminous depiction of Paris and people horrible instances seen by way of the astute, compassionate eyes of a lady who needed to paint. Each little bit of lace, or royal carriage or bloody cobblestone is alive within the writing. The rain drumming on the skylight and a misbuttoned coat converse. Go to these streets with this ebook in your hand to comply with her footsteps and people long-gone turbulent instances will come alive to you as in the event that they had been yesterday.” –Stephanie Cowell, award-winning creator of Claude and Camille

“In The Portraitist, Susanne Dunlap skillfully paints a portrait of a lady struggling to make her means in a person’s world — a subject as related at the moment because it was in Ancien Regime France. Impeccably researched, wealthy with interval element, Dunlap brings to life the little identified true story of Adélaïde Labille-Guiard, who fought her husband and society to make a reputation for herself as a painter to the royal household, the very apex of success– solely to seek out every little thing she had constructed threatened by the Revolution. A shocking story of dedication, expertise, and reversals of fortune. As a lifelong Elisabeth Vigée-LeBrun fan, I’m now questioning my allegiances!” –Lauren Willig, New York Occasions bestselling creator of The Summer season Nation and Band of Sisters

“[The Portraitist is a] luminous novel of Adélaïde Labille-Guiard, whose livelihood and eager for respect are threatened by the establishments that deny ladies artists their due, compounded by the tumultuous occasions of the French Revolution. Deftly written and impeccably researched. Extremely advisable.” –Michelle Cameron, award-winning creator of Past the Ghetto Gates

Concerning the Writer

Susanne Dunlap is the creator of 9 works of historic fiction. A graduate of Smith School with a PhD in Music Historical past from Yale College, Susanne grew up in Buffalo, New York and has lived in London, Brooklyn and Northampton, MA. She now lives in Northampton along with her long-time companion, Charles, has two grown daughters, three granddaughters, a grandson, a stepson and a stepdaughter, 5 step-grandsons and one step-granddaughter—that’s a complete of 4 youngsters and eleven grandchildren!

In her spare time, she cycles within the stunning Pioneer Valley.

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