The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, by Dominic Smith
This book weaves a story of three different time periods: a hard scrabble artist's life and work in 17th century Holland, a millionaire's world of mergers and glitz in 1950's New York, and a reclusive art historian and consultant in Australia in the 21st century. The narrative is most persuasive when portraying the life of the fictional Sara de Vos, where the author combined research about several women artists and their era. Moreover, the various cultural eras and their details affect his modern characters' interior lives and their sense of self much less than the painting by de Vos. The practices of art conservators and forgers are weaker threads in the book. The author however, successfully conjures the Netherland's period of commercial empire, a brilliant era of artistic, botanical and scientific achievements, and the admirable trait of persistence.
Otis Library, in partnership with the Friends of Slater, will be hosting a book discussion series beginning Summer 2022. The discussions will take place in the Otis Library Community Room on the 3rd Wednesday of the month.
Date: October 19, 2022
Location: Otis Library Community Room (261 Main Street, Norwich CT)
- Each meeting will include a guest speaker who will shed light on details of history or art that are explored in the book.
- A limited number of copies of each book will be available to borrow at Otis Library.
- BOTH in-person and Zoom options available. Registration is required for each discussion.
Registration Information: You may register on the Otis Library website calendar HERE, or by calling 860-889-2365, ext. 128.
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