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Eunice Lipton's Alias Olympia is the one book I would give a non-academic friend or lover or a .

Eunice Lipton's Alias Olympia is the one book I would give a non-academic friend or lover or a . Lipton's reading from it at the University of Virginia (where I previously taught) is the only time I have ever seen graduate students weep during a public lecture. It's hard to write anything smart, significant, and new about a central icon of the modernist canon.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 176-181). In this stylish work of imaginative nonfiction, Eunice Lipton re-creates a provocative figure out of nineteenth-century art history, Victorine Meurent, the mysterious woman who modeled for Manet's most famous paintings, Olympia and Dejeuner sur l'herbe

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Eunice Lipton was a fledging art historian when she first became intrigued by Victorine Meurent, the .

Eunice Lipton was a fledging art historian when she first became intrigued by Victorine Meurent, the nineteenth-century model who appeared in Edouard Manet's most famous paintings, only to vanish from history in a haze of degrading hearsay

Eunice Lipton was a fledging art historian when she first became intrigued by Victorine Meurent, the nineteenth-century model who appeared in Edouard Manet's most famous paintings, only to vanish from history in a haze of degrading hearsay.

Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. Eunice Lipton was a fledging art historian when she first became intrigued by Victorine Meurent, the nineteenth-century model who appeared in Edouard Manet's most famous paintings, only to vanish from history in a haze of degrading hearsay. But had this bold and spirited beauty really descended into prostitution, drunkenness, and early death-or did her life, hidden from history, take a different course altogether?

ISBN 13: 9780801486098. But had this bold and spirited beauty really descended into prostitution, drunkenness, and early death―or did her life, hidden from history, take a different course altogether?

It’s a scrumptious indulgence that satisfies my cravings for mystery, innovative narrative structure and harmless gossip. However, that’s not the only reason I recommend this book for post-summer reading.

Eunice Lipton was a fledging art historian when she first became intrigued by Victorine Meurent, the nineteenth-century model who appeared in Edouard Manet's most famous paintings, only to vanish from history in a haze of degrading hearsay

Researching the long-lost details of the life of Victorine Meurent, a painter and Manet's favorite model, the author confronts her own obsessions, fears, and desires

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A very entertaining and insightful story of Ms. Lipton's relationship with her mother and life in general, wrapped around her research on Victorine Meurent. As noted by other reviewers, if you're looking for a biography of Victorine, this isn't it (really because there isn't enough factual information known about her for a biography), but it's still more informative than "Paris Red". As a story of a woman coming of age in the second half of the 20th century, it's a wonderfully written and provocative.
AnnyMars
Loved the premise & subject matter, was easy to ready - able to easily get into the story, but there was no resolve. Seemed like the author ran out of time to write the book and just simply stopped writing. Was that the point? WTF? I wish there was more to the read. If the author's point was to convey the same disappointment as she must have felt in her quest to find more info about Victorine, well-then mission accomplished. I still really liked the book. I would like to read more of her work.
Ann
This book is more autobiography than the "art history mystery" I had expected, but it's an engaging story, and well worth reading. When the missing diary, or some such document, which will tell all about the real life story of Victorine Muerant fails to materialize, a fictional version is inserted in chapters. I was dissappointed by this because it gives more weight to the story Ms Lipton invented and hoped to prove, than to the facts she worked so hard to reveal. The research is tedious and discouraging, and the results will not rock the art history world. The true reward for the author is not the tidbits of information she aquires about her subject, but in her own growth both as a blossoming writer and a woman. Her finest writing is in the descriptions of the things she knows best and experiences first-hand: the great food in Paris, her past life, her present feelings, her beliefs and self-realization. It's encouraging that Ms Lipton has chosen now to be a writer, and not an art historian, and I will look forward to her next effort.
Kit
Fabulous book--especially for people who are interested in artists, women artists and art history.
Xig
'Well, I'm a redhead now, and people are saying, "You know, you look like Victorine."
'Perhaps I do.'

Oh please. Elsewhere Lipton slips into the 'voice' of the model Victorine Meurant and seems to allege that she was an undiscovered or overlooked genius -- this in a time when such female artists as Suzanne Valadon, Mary Cassatt and Berthe Morisot achieved reasonable, lasting success.
But most of the book is autobiography, telling Lipton's side of her first divorce or how she was unjustly fired from Hunter College, and so on.
It's dreadful.
Maridor
As an art lover and as I writer, the author's style of blending fact with conjecture was very well done. I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
Zan
This is a memoir of Lipton's search for something - her mother probably. You can find the info at Wiki. Lipton did go to some lengths to find a wee tad more and probably didn't want to waste the paper she used.
I suspect that this is a book one either loves, as I do, or just doesn't resonate with, like those who give it a poor review. I have read it three times, and know that I will read it again. So little is actually known about Victorine Meurent, who was an artist herself and wanted to be part of the inner circle of painters of which Manet was a leader. But being a woman was the first strike against her, and needing to earn a living kept her from being able to devote herself to painting full time. I truly appreciate Eunice Lipton's attempt to give her a story of her own, without idealizing her, or making her into a victim, or giving her a persona only as she relates to Manet. As much as was possible in the life she had to inhabit, she lived her life on her own terms. I read somewhere that she actually had one of her paintings exhibited in an art show of some credibility and that is proof of her perseverance and talent. If she were a man, I believe the 'mythology' surrounding her would be quite different.
Alias Olympia: A Woman's Search for Manet's Model and Her Own Desire download epub
History & Criticism
Author: Eunice Lipton
ISBN: 0452011353
Category: Arts & Photography
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Language: English
Publisher: Plume (October 1, 1994)
Pages: 192 pages