Appreciating Artwork By Fiction
nonetheless bear in mind seeing Woman With A Pearl Earring displayed at
Barnes & Noble a few years in the past. One have a look at that cowl, and as a lover of
historic fiction, I needed to snap the e book proper off the shelf and head for the cashier. Throughout that interval, I additionally found Susan Vreeland’s Woman in Hyacinth Blue, one other novel
that imagines a Vermeer portray. This story traces a portrait’s possession
again in time to WWII and in the end to Amsterdam when the artist created it. I
was saddened to be taught Vreeland died final month—and shocked to listen to she’d
handed the identical day I offered my spare copy of her novel
to a pal as a present.
Tracy Chevalier and
Susan Vreeland spurred my love of novels about artwork and artists. What
is it about these books that fascinates me (and different readers) a lot?
Within the Historic Novels
Society’s (HNS) collection referred to as Artwork in Historic Fiction, Stephanie Renee Dos Santos interviewed Vreeland a while again. The creator had this to say about fiction
that ties in artwork: “Whereas an artwork historical past may give us an appreciation of a
painter’s work, the view is from the onlooker, whereas fiction invitations us into
the artist’s internal nature, takes us to his bosom, and makes us really feel the artist’s
robust feelings for ourselves.”
I might add that feeling robust emotion as we learn additionally holds true when getting within the head of somebody obsessive about an paintings, corresponding to with the protagonist of The Goldfinch.
Vreeland went on to say, “Every time we enter
imaginatively into the lifetime of one other, it’s a small step upwards within the elevation
of the human race.”
creator Maryanne O’Hara why fiction about artwork issues to readers. “The
contemplation of artwork enriches fiction, I feel. And to cite Alice Walker: ‘If doesn’t make us higher, then what on earth is it
been captivated by books that take me right into a painter’s studio centuries in the past. I’ve been enlightened by tales that reveal
the horrors dedicated towards Jews—and the destiny of their stolen treasures. I’ve been swept away by novels of misplaced masterpieces, of girls who dared
to carry the comb quite than pose for the grasp, and of forgeries and muses and love.
Novels that alternate between the previous and current are fertile floor for tales about artists and masterworks, as effectively, from Lauren Willig’s That Summer time to Jojo Moyes’ The Woman You Left Behind.