By Lipton, Eunice; Manet, Édouard; Meurent, Victorine; Lipton, Eunice; Meurent, Victorine; Manet, Édouard
Eunice Lipton used to be a fledging paintings historian whilst she first turned intrigued through Victorine Meurent, the nineteenth-century version who seemed in Edouard Manet's most famed work, in basic terms to fade from historical past in a haze of degrading rumour. yet had this daring and lively attractiveness particularly descended into prostitution, drunkenness, and early death-or did her existence, hidden from historical past, take a special path altogether? Eunice Lipton's look for the reply combines the suspense of a detective tale with the revelatory energy of paintings, peeling off layers of lies to bare startling truths approximately Victorine Meurent-and approximately Lipton herself
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I didn't like all his work, but what's the difference? I knew I would miss running into him, though. He was always interesting to talk to. And who can deny it, the scandal over Olympia was amusing. That memorial dinner! They always did things like that. The great men in somber dress, drinking their good wine, really toasting themselves and their good luck. I thought they might invite me, but it was impossible. Who was I to them? Nobody. A curiosity. Anyway, a few 48 VOILA VICTORINE months later my mother became quite sick, and I had to move out to Asnieres to take care of her; I wasn't thinking much about Manet.
Betrayal is everywhere. You could die just because you're Jewish. Nothing, they said, is worth dying for if they could kill you for being Jewish. What could we say? It almost seemed as if that's why Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were electrocuted. And what a sadness that had been, the two of them lying there, side by side in their coffins, so pale, so humiliated. So, we went to school, we studied, and we worried. Worrying was very important. We were The Young Existentialists and The Hopeful Analysands; Sartre and Freud were holy men to us.
I thought they might invite me, but it was impossible. Who was I to them? Nobody. A curiosity. Anyway, a few 48 VOILA VICTORINE months later my mother became quite sick, and I had to move out to Asnieres to take care of her; I wasn't thinking much about Manet. It was a hard time for me. I didn't want to be in Asnieres with my mother either. I was quite preoccupied with work, my lovelife, money-everything. It was the mid-1880s, there'd been a depression, money was tight. I had a hard time concentrating on my work.
Alias Olympia : a woman's search for Manet's notorious model & her own desire by Lipton, Eunice; Manet, Édouard; Meurent, Victorine; Lipton, Eunice; Meurent, Victorine; Manet, Édouard