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The Resource Paris red : a novel, Maureen Gibbon

Paris red : a novel, Maureen Gibbon

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Paris red : a novel
Title
Paris red
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a novel
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Maureen Gibbon
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eng
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  • Victorine Louise Meurent, the young woman who posed for Édouard Manet’s innovative, scandalous painting Olympia, among others, is placed at the center of Gibbon’s observant work. In 1862, after an unnamed stranger enters the lives of Victorine and her close friend, Denise, and begins a teasing, charged relationship with them both, she takes a courageous step, leaving behind her impoverished existence as a silver burnisher to pursue him solo. It becomes clear that she’s his match in sensuality—which surprises and pleases him—and her boldness serves them both well in her role as his model. Their affair is undeniably erotic, yet one of Paris Red?’s strengths lies in its unexpected status as a tale of artistic rather than sexual awakening. Although only 17 to his thirtysomething, Victorine is no naive ingenue, and her involvement with Manet and his world serves as her entrée into a new way of envisioning and experiencing life. Full of animated scenes of working-class Paris in the 1860s, Gibbon’s color-rich prose moves with the deliberate urgency of brushstrokes on canvas. -- Johnson, Sarah (Reviewed 03-15-2015) (Booklist, vol 111, number 14, p48)
  • It is 1862. In the raucous streets of Paris, 17-year-old Victorine and her friend Denise are standing in front of a store drawing pictures when a wealthy man approaches them to watch. He invites them to dine. Victorine is taken with this man, and he with her. They begin a love affair starting with small kisses and walks through the city until one day Victorine knows that she cannot continue to leave him each night to return home. They become lovers, and she leaves her work and her friend to become his model, for he is the artist Edouard Manet. Obviously intrigued by this young beauty, Manet draws her into this studio and his life. They make love, and she poses for him each day as he draws sketch after sketch until he is finally ready to bring that sensuality to the large canvas he has waiting. Victorine begins to see that she is more than what she thought she could be. The wild abandon that makes up the Paris streets in 1862 can appeal to the teenager who loves French, history, or art. Teens who know little about Manet or the context of his painting of nudes will want to explore more in order to place Victorine within a context and discover more about her life. VERDICT Mature teens for whom sexual description is not an embarrassment will find Victorine to be a young woman ahead of her time.—Connie Williams, Petaluma High School, CA --Connie Williams (Reviewed 02/01/2016) (School Library Journal, vol 62, issue 2, p109)
  • /* Starred Review */ In this wonderful novel chronicling the life of one of painter Edouard Manet’s primary models, Gibbon (Thief ) takes readers on a mesmerizing, erotic journey not only to another time and place but inside the mind of an artist. When we meet Victorine (the opening line is, “That day I am seventeen and I am wearing the boots of a whore”), the young girl who will become Manet’s muse, we are presented with a self-aware teenager, poor but full of imagination, with a penchant for drawing and a hunger to experience life. She is drawn to the mysterious Manet, who befriends Victorine and her roomate Denise, and what starts as a harmless ménage à trois becomes something much more when Trine (as Manet calls her) forces the artist to choose between the two women. As their affair develops, Trine comes to learn that Manet wants her to pose for him, which she does with increasing abandon, though she knows the relationship won’t last. Using spare, evocative prose, Gibbon shows us a young woman on the verge of finding her own artistic voice and offers an insightful and riveting account of how Manet and his muse feed off of each other’s passion to create something greater than either of them. Agent: Nicole Aragi, Aragi Agency. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed February 9, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 06, p)
  • Manet's muse ponders color, power, sex and love in vibrant 1860s Paris. Based on the true relationship between artist Edouard Manet and model Victorine Meurent and set on the cusp of the impressionist revolution, Gibbon's (Thief, 2010, etc.) novel explores this landmark time in art history through the eyes of the artist's subject. Victorine lives and works with her best friend, Denise, for whom she harbors some secret attraction, until one day they encounter a mysterious and seductive stranger who turns out to be the famous painter. At first he seems interested in having both girls together (artistically and sexually), but it is Victorine, the quiet one, who harbors great hunger (both artistic and sexual), who sleeps with him and then leaves her friend and her old life in order to become Manet's model, ultimately inspiring his Olympia. But Victorine, like any modern heroine, refuses to serve as mere object or even as mere inspiration. Instead, it is suggested that she's responsible for triggering the creative use of color that came to define the art of this period. Her voice is sometimes immature, but she's only 17, and her self-awareness and sexual awareness are both engaging and deep. Gibbon writes in a rather fragmented style, with short chapters that often end on a "poetic" statement. ("Whatever my body wants, I give her. Bitter things as well as sweet.") Sometimes this makes the novel feel a bit spacey, but the overall effect is lyrical and fits the shabbily gorgeous Parisian setting. There's a lot of sex, but it tends to be tasteful and concerned with equal pleasure, and it's more hinted at than described in detail. Fans of art history, Paris and contemporary KÃ1⁄4nstleroman like Girl With a Pearl Earring will enjoy the new perspective and the strong female voice.(Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2015)
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10410180
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Gibbon, Maureen
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813/.54
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  • Meurent, Victorine
  • Manet, Édouard
  • Manet, Édouard
  • Meurent, Victorine
  • Painters
  • Artists' models
  • Artists' models
  • Painters
  • Paris (France)
  • France
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Paris red : a novel, Maureen Gibbon
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First edition.
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9780393244465
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2014034455
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Label
Paris red : a novel, Maureen Gibbon
Publication
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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1082026
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume
Isbn
9780393244465
Lccn
2014034455
Media category
unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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  • (Sirsi) i9780393244465
  • (OCoLC)893557621

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