“The Lost Notebook of Edouard Manet”
A book group especially for art enthusiasts.
April 21, 2022 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm At the Museum and virtually on Zoom
“The Lost Notebook of Edouard Manet” by Maureen Gibbon
Welcome to Museum Reads, the Newport Art Museum’s Art-Themed book group for adults. We meet monthly, at the Museum and virtually, for discussion, and frequently are joined by the author.
Set in the richly drawn art world of nineteenth-century Paris, this stunning historical novel imagines Édouard Manet’s last days in an indelible snapshot of genius, illness, and the dying embers of passion.
Suffering from the complications of syphilis toward the end of his life, Édouard Manet begins to jot down his daily impressions, reflections, and memories in a notebook. He travels for healing respites in the French countryside and finds inspiration in nature―a cloud of dragonflies, peonies blanketed by the morning dew. Back in Paris, the artist holds court in his studio and meets a mysterious muse, Suzon. Entranced by Suzon’s cool blue eyes, he decides to paint his final masterpiece, A Bar at the Folies-Bergere, life-sized―and wagers his health to complete it. In a sensual portrait of Manet’s last years, illustrated with his own sketches, Maureen Gibbon offers a vibrant testament to the endurance of the artistic spirit.
Museum Reads Notes:
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For last minute registrations, please call the front desk for the Zoom link at 401-848-8200.
We are delighted that author Maureen Gibbon will join our conversation!
About the Author
Maureen Gibbon is the author of Paris Red and two previous novels. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in the New York Times, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Playboy, Byliner, and elsewhere. She lives in Park Rapids, Minnesota.
Top image: Édouard Manet, The Railway, 1873, Oil on canvas, (36 3/4 x 43 7/8 inches, Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1956.10.1. Gift of Horace Havemeyer in memory of his mother, Louisine W. Havemeyer.
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