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Paris Red (Hardcover)

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Paris 1862. Artists & Cafes. Once Edouard Manet meets Victorine, and unconventional love blooms and the portrait we know as Olympia comes to life to change the art world forever. A lovely, fun read. 

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Paris, 1862. A young girl in a threadbare dress and green boots, hungry for experience, meets the mysterious and wealthy artist douard Manet. The encounter will change her--and the art world--forever.

At seventeen, Victorine Meurent abandons her old life to become immersed in the Parisian society of dance halls and caf's, meeting writers and artists like Baudelaire and Alfred Stevens. As Manet's model, Victorine explores a world of new possibilities and stirs the artist to push the boundaries of painting in his infamous portrait Olympia, which scandalizes even the most cosmopolitan city.

Manet becomes himself because of Victorine. But who does she become, that figure on the divan?

Intense, erotic, and beautifully wrought, Paris Red evokes the unconventional love story of a painter and his muse that changed the history of art.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780393244465
ISBN-10: 0393244466
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: April 20th, 2015
Pages: 288
Language: English