Set in the richly drawn art world of nineteenth-century Paris this stunning historical novel imagines Édouard Manet's last days in an indelible snapshot of genius, illness, and the dying embers of passion. Suffering from the complications of syphilis toward the end of his life, Édouard Manet began to jot down his daily impressions, reflections, and memories in a notebook. He traveled for healing in the French countryside and found inspiration in nature. Back in Paris, the artist held court in his studio and met a mysterious muse, Suzon. Entranced by Suzon's cool blue eyes, he decided to paint his final masterpiece, A Bar at the Folies-Bergere, life-sized and wagers his health to complete it. In a sensual portrait of Manet's last years, illustrated with his sketches, Maureen Gibbon offers a vibrant testament to the endurance of the artistic spirit.
- 11 illustrations - Maureen Gibbon - 336 pages - 5.5 inches W x 8.3 inches L - Paperback - W.W. Norton & Company - 2021 - Fiction - Item #: 978-0393867152
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