#Deweys24HourReadathon total. Finished 2 books I‘d already started.
A professor invites a colleague from the art dept to view his painting, kept secret because he believes it a Vermeer. Broken into short stories, each reveals and traces ownership of the work back to WWII Amsterdam...and before...each story could stand alone but read together it is an insightful history of the ownership of art and its value and meaning to its owners. Insightful and quite original.
Another beautiful and whimsical book by Vreeland. While never placing the whole focus on one character, Vreeland still breathes life into the anonymity of art. She deftly picks up on minute details of style and uses them to her advantage, producing vivid imaginings of historical life.
The Girl in Hyacinth Blue tells a wonderfully captivating story of an imaginary painting by the Dutch artist Vermeer. Told in a reverse chronological order, each chapter sized vignette takes you on a journey back in time, portraying the history of the portrait's passage from owner to owner back to the painting's creation, allowing a glimpse of the impact this piece of art had in their life.
An easy read I thoroughly enjoyed
An interesting novel retracing the paintings ownership going back in time starting from the present (WWII) to the seventeenth century. Each chapter is its own unique story but all invariably linked due to the pull of the painting and the impact it has on each character. #susanvreeland #girlinhyacinthblue
This book was surprisingly good. It isn't really my usual type of read and I'm not sure why I picked it up but it served as a reminder of why I should read outside of my usual genres.
I don't have a lot of #artrelatedbooks, but I swear I've read this. But it was definitely before I was on Goodreads and in the days when I only sporadically tracked my reading. Plus the description only sounds vaguely familiar, so maybe I'm just confused! #seasonsreadings2016
I love me a Vermeer, and a Vermeer inspired story.
Both of these 'Girl' books came out around the same time but I loved how Hyacinth Blue told a fictional story about a lost Vermeer painting starting in modern days and moving backwards in time telling the tales of those who came in contact with it. This has inspired me to put it on the #reread pile because I remember liking it very much.
First book read, first book finished! #24in48 Chosen at random because I happened to be in Barnes and Noble today and everyone knows I can't leave a bookstore without buying a book. The blurb reminded me of the new Helen Mirren movie (Woman in Gold, I think?) that I've been meaning to see. #readathon
I really like the way Vreeland worked backwards through time to follow the journey of a painting. After seeing a Vermeer in a recent art exhibition, I can understand why she chose his beautiful use of light and color to explore of what art means and why we continue to make it.