The Last Painting of Sara De Vos by Dominic Smith
Reviewed by Hope Fox, KPL Patron
Rating: 5 stars
" A collision course between a rare landscape by a female Dutch painter of the golden age, an inheritor of the work in 1950s Manhattan, and a celebrated art historian who painted a forgery of it in her youth. In 1631, Sara de Vos is admitted as a master painter to the Guild of St. Luke's in Holland, the first woman to be so recognized. Three hundred years later, only one work attributed to de Vos is known to remain--a haunting winter scene, At the Edge of a Wood, which hangs over the bed of a wealthy descendant of the original owner. An Australian grad student, Ellie Shipley, struggling to stay afloat in New York, agrees to paint a forgery of the landscape, a decision that will haunt her. Because now, half a century later, she's curating an exhibit of female Dutch painters, and both versions threaten to arrive."
"Unusual book about art and art history. Lots of interesting information about the lives of the Dutch. Be aware that there is a lot of words used that had to be looked up, most likely because of the author being Australian and using his own vernacular."