Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland

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A vivid exploration of one of the most beloved Renoir paintings in the world, ?done with a flourish worthy of Renoir himself? (USA Today)

With her richly textured novels, Susan Vreeland has offered pioneering portraits of artists? lives. Now, as she did in Girl in Hyacinth Blue, Vreeland once again focuses on a single painting?Auguste Renoir?s instantly recognizable masterpiece, which depicts a gathering of Renoir?s real friends enjoying a summer Sunday on a café terrace along the Seine. Narrated by Renoir and seven of the models, the novel illuminates the gusto, hedonism, and art of the era. With a gorgeous palette of vibrant, captivating characters, Vreeland paints their lives, loves, losses, and triumphs so vividly that ?the painting literally comes alive? (The Boston Globe).


 

About Susan Vreeland

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Susan Vreeland is the internationally renowned author of five books, including Girl in Hyacinth Blue.
 
Published May 3, 2007 by Penguin Books. 448 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The finished product affirms Renoir’s credo: “Art was love made visible.” Vreeland’s love for Renoir is made palpable in this brilliant reconstruction.

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This would be the fight of his life.” Through a third-person omniscient narrator whose lush, richly textured descriptions paint both the interior and exterior points of view of key characters in the story behind the story of Renoir’s painting, Vreeland magically evokes the mise-en-scene of Impres...

May 22 2007 | Read Full Review of Luncheon of the Boating Party

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But even readers new to Renoir's life and work will come away from LUNCHEON OF THE BOATING PARTY with a great appreciation for these complex, accomplished group portraits --- both Renoir's and Vreeland's.

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Entertainment Weekly

Susan Vreeland (Girl in Hyacinth Blue) again dabbles in art with Luncheon of the Boating Party, imagining the story behind Pierre-Auguste Renoir's famous ode to la vie moderne, Le Déjeuner des canotiers.

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USA Today

She shifts her canvas to Auguste Renoir, the master of French impressionism, in a vivid novel that brings to life Renoir's masterpiece Luncheon of the Boating Party.

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Vreeland's last book, "Life Studies,” was a mostly clever story collection and preparation for her latest novel: Many of the pieces were looks at impressionists through the eyes of their acquaintances.

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Bookmarks Magazine

In this already best-selling historical novel, Vreeland combines meticulous research—featuring details of and cameos by other period stars like Émile Zola, Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, and Paul Cézanne—with her own dramatization of the obsessions leading up to Renoir’s 1880 masterpiece.

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