When a disillusioned banker sees his daughter through the eyes of Renoir, his senses and zest for life are awakened. Morisot’s wet nurse sacrifices her own child so another mother can paint. By modeling nude, a wife discovers her deeper, more compassionate self. In one enlightening summer, a young girl encounters Picasso and death. Together, the stories in Life Studies are a fascinating exploration of human frailty and resilience. These tales marvel at the lasting strength and meaning of art in our lives, revealing art’s healing effect on the soul. Crafted with the skill of a master painter, Life Studies is a dazzling addition to Vreeland’s outstanding body of work.
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Moving into the present (and the entirely fictional), Vreeland demonstrates how art liberates in such tales as “Respond,” which depicts a neglected wife coming alive when she models nude for a sculpture class, and “Gifts,” which chronicles the transformation of a prison visit by a teenager’s draw...| Read Full Review of Life Studies: Stories
The first handful of stories revolve around the French Impressionists, but though Renoir, Manet and the like appear, the stories focus on their mistresses, daughters, neighbors and nannies.Jan 03 2005 | Read Full Review of Life Studies: Stories
The first half of Susan Vreeland's collection (titled ''Then'') consists of nine stories about noted Impressionist and Postimpressionist painters from the perspective of the ordinary people around them.Dec 20 2004 | Read Full Review of Life Studies: Stories
In this short story collection, Vreeland casts a sensitive eye towards artists and the people around them.Jan 19 2008 | Read Full Review of Life Studies: Stories
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