The Last Painting of Sara De Vos
Book Review: The Last Painting of Sara De Vos
|Title||The Last Painting of Sara De Vos|
|Imprint||Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest: 2016|
|Reviewed||23 January 2018|
|Genre||Fiction - General|
Set across centuries this book tells the story of 17th century Dutch painter Sara De Vos, 1950s lawyer Marty De Groot, and Ellie Shipley, an Australian art historian. Marty, of New York, has inherited the last known painting of Sara De Vos, but it's stolen right from under his nose and replaced with a forgery. It takes a while for him to notice but once he does he's on the case...The original has been in his family for generations.
Ellie, living in New York while completing her Ph.D, agreed to paint the copy but 50 years later the decision has come back to haunt her. She's curating an exhibition and two copies of the painting arrive.
I really enjoyed reading this book. It grabbed me and I especially liked Sara's story. Her life wasn't easy but it was interesting to see how it panned out. For this non-artist, the detail about how paintings are constructed and how forgeries are made and detected also increased the appeal of the novel.
If you like an intriguing story and the multiple time periods weaving together, I can highly recommend this book.
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