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? Eunice Lipton's search for the answer
combines the suspense of a detective story with the revelatory
power of art, peeling off layers of lies to reveal startling truths
about Victorine Meurent-and about Lipton herself.
Subjects: Art & Art History
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