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Publisher Comments:

With her richly textured novels Susan Vreeland has offered pioneering portraits of theartist's life. Now, in a collection of profound wisdom and beauty, she explores the transcendent power of art through the eyes of ordinary people. Life Studies begins with historic tales that, rather than focusing directly on the great Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masters themselves, render those on the periphery — their lovers, servants, and children — as their personal experiences play out against those of Manet, Monet, van Gogh, and others. Vreeland then gives us contemporary stories in which her characters — a teacher, a construction worker, and an orphan for example — encounter art in meaningful, often surprising ways. A fascinating exploration of the lasting strength of art in everyday life, Life Studies is a dazzling addition to Vreeland's outstanding body of work.

Review:

"While some stories stretch the theme too far, the best of them have a luminous clarity that does justice to the author's intentions." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Like miniature paintings, her finished pieces are small and lovely, each speaking volumes about the importance of artistic expression." Library Journal

Review:

"Stimulating and enriching." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"To call these allegories would be to suggest that they are symbolic somehow and perhaps plainly stated. They are not; the texture is that of a prose poem, and the intention, a restatement of religious beliefs. But the feeling one comes away with is one of enhancement, which is a sense of having endured terror and magic." he Chicago Tribune

Synopsis:

With her richly textured novels Susan Vreeland has offered pioneering portraits of the artist’s life. Now, in a collection of profound wisdom and beauty, she explores the transcendent power of art through the eyes of ordinary people. Life Studies begins with historic tales that, rather than focusing directly on the great Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masters themselves, render those on the periphery—their lovers, servants, and children—as their personal experiences play out against those of Manet, Monet, van Gogh, and others. Vreeland then gives us contemporary stories in which her characters—a teacher, a construction worker, and an orphan for example—encounter art in meaningful, often surprising ways. A fascinating exploration of the lasting strength of art in everyday life, Life Studies is a dazzling addition to Vreeland’s outstanding body of work.

Synopsis:

In this collection of finely crafted historical and contemporary stories, Vreeland transports readers through time, from Paris in the 1840s, to present-day California, allowing them to witness the inspiration behind--and in some cases the creation--of great works of art.

About the Author

Susan Vreeland's short fiction has appeared in such journals as the Missouri Review, New England Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Ploughshares.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143036104
Subtitle:
Stories
Author:
Vreeland, Susan
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Artists
Subject:
Art
Subject:
France
Subject:
Painters
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20051129
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
7.30x4.50x.90 in. .58 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 352 pages Penguin Books - English 9780143036104 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "While some stories stretch the theme too far, the best of them have a luminous clarity that does justice to the author's intentions." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "Like miniature paintings, her finished pieces are small and lovely, each speaking volumes about the importance of artistic expression."
"Review" by , "Stimulating and enriching."
"Review" by , "To call these allegories would be to suggest that they are symbolic somehow and perhaps plainly stated. They are not; the texture is that of a prose poem, and the intention, a restatement of religious beliefs. But the feeling one comes away with is one of enhancement, which is a sense of having endured terror and magic."
"Synopsis" by ,

With her richly textured novels Susan Vreeland has offered pioneering portraits of the artist’s life. Now, in a collection of profound wisdom and beauty, she explores the transcendent power of art through the eyes of ordinary people. Life Studies begins with historic tales that, rather than focusing directly on the great Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masters themselves, render those on the periphery—their lovers, servants, and children—as their personal experiences play out against those of Manet, Monet, van Gogh, and others. Vreeland then gives us contemporary stories in which her characters—a teacher, a construction worker, and an orphan for example—encounter art in meaningful, often surprising ways. A fascinating exploration of the lasting strength of art in everyday life, Life Studies is a dazzling addition to Vreeland’s outstanding body of work.

"Synopsis" by , In this collection of finely crafted historical and contemporary stories, Vreeland transports readers through time, from Paris in the 1840s, to present-day California, allowing them to witness the inspiration behind--and in some cases the creation--of great works of art.

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