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Life Studies: Stories

Life Studies Stories With her richly textured novels Susan Vreeland has offered pioneering portraits of the artist s life Now in a collection of profound wisdom and beauty she explores the transcendent power of art thro

  • Title: Life Studies: Stories
  • Author: Susan Vreeland
  • ISBN: 9780143036104
  • Page: 473
  • Format: Paperback
  • With her richly textured novels Susan Vreeland has offered pioneering portraits of the artist s life Now, in a collection of profound wisdom and beauty, she explores the transcendent power of art through the eyes of ordinary people Life Studies begins with historic tales that, rather than focusing directly on the great Impressionist and Post Impressionist masters themselWith her richly textured novels Susan Vreeland has offered pioneering portraits of the artist s life Now, in a collection of profound wisdom and beauty, she explores the transcendent power of art through the eyes of ordinary people Life Studies begins with historic tales that, rather than focusing directly on the great Impressionist and Post Impressionist masters themselves, render those on the periphery their lovers, servants, and children as their personal experiences play out against those of Manet, Monet, van Gogh, and others Vreeland then gives us contemporary stories in which her characters a teacher, a construction worker, and an orphan for example encounter art in meaningful, often surprising ways A fascinating exploration of the lasting strength of art in everyday life, Life Studies is a dazzling addition to Vreeland s outstanding body of work.

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    1. Simona on said:

      Chi ama l'arte come me, chi rimane estasiato come me di fronte ai capolavori che la pittura e la scultura hanno saputo donare e regalare, rimarrà entusiasta e ammirato da tanta traboccante bellezza. La Vreeland, già scoperta e apprezzata in altre sue opere, ha dedicato a questa ricerca dodici anni di duro lavoro. Dodici anni di un lavoro ricco, denso in cui ci apre le porte, le case di artisti o meglio di coloro che, in un modo o nell'altro, hanno contribuito a renderli tali. Conosciamo meglio [...]

    2. Book Concierge on said:

      Book on CD read by Karen WhiteVreeland is best known for her historical novels focusing on various artists (Auguste Renoir, Emily Carr, Johannes Vermeer, etc). This is a collection of short stories that focus on art, but more on the people around the artist, rather than on the artist him/herself. The first half of the book is set in an historical time frame, the second half is contemporary.We see a father’s eyes opened to his young daughter after August Renoir takes an interest in painting her [...]

    3. Nataša on said:

      Pravo prolećno opuštajuće štivo. Knjiga koja odiše lepotom. Prva polovina mi je neuporedivo draža, jer je zasnovana na činjenicama iz života slikara - uživala sam čitajući svaku pričuSviđa mi se kako piše ova žena :)

    4. Diane Ferbrache on said:

      Susan Vreeland has taught me more about art than any "art book" or class. I've read several of her books and really liked all of them (especially Girl in Hyacinth Blue). This one had me puzzled at first. I hadn't noticed the part of the title that said "stories", so when I tried to read this as a novel, I was thoroughly confused. Once I realized that every chapter was really a different vignette, I fell in love with this book.From Paris in 1876 to present day Laguna Beach, each story focuses on [...]

    5. Katherine on said:

      In this book of short stories, based on famous artists and their works, Vreeland paints a dark, joyless view of the world. Her imagined versions of the artists' stories, for the most part, are about infidelity, betrayal, cruelty, bitterness, jealousy, abandonment, disease/death, etc. Granted, writing needs conflict but reading about this side of human nature when there is so little of a redeeming quality to recommend it is not enjoyable for me. The concept is fantastic, stories based on artists' [...]

    6. Karen on said:

      Susan Vreeland is a beautiful writer and takes a very creative approach to her novels of great artists and their works. One of my favorite lines from this book: "How powerful a thing love is, that one loves past death, past regret, past all logic, and feels purified by that loving." ("Winter of Abandon") This book is a collection of short stories about different artists that are contemporaries (Renoir, Monet, Manet, Morisot, et al) and a look behind the scenes of some of their paintings. She spe [...]

    7. Jennifer Prim on said:

      I re-read this collection of short stories in anticipation of Susan Vreeland's upcoming book, Lisette's List. Section one, stories about ordinary people who came in contact with artists of the Impressionist era touched me deeply, as Vreeland so beautifully captures the depth of emotion, the magnitude of human frailty, of love, and of loss. Each story leaves you wanting more. The story of Modigliani's daughter left me in tears, the relationship between Monet and his gardener; the tension between [...]

    8. Jodi on said:

      When I first started listening to the audio version of this book, I didn't like it. The reader's voice grated on my nerves. But as I listened (flipping channels on the radio can only be done for so many miles), I began to enjoy the stories of the everyday people in the lives of famous artists. By everyday people, I mean Monet's gardener, the Manet families' wet nurse, the little boy who threw a stone at Cézanne Through these stories, art and artists come to life, but as side characters.

    9. Bonnie on said:

      I'm always a little hesitant to start a book of short stories. More often than not I read one disappointing story and put the book aside, saying I'll try another later but then I never do b/c there are too many good novels out there to read. Luckily this book of short stories were all great. It helped that they all had the same theme, none had horribly tragic endings, all were well written and had a great range of topics even though they all were involved with art in some way Amazing

    10. Blue on said:

      Loved every single word of "Life Studies: Stories" by Susan Vreeland. Each artist's story involves the people who shared the artist's life. Susan Vreeland has proven that an artist's life is complex. No matter how passionate they are about the sacred and profane of art subjects, there are moments where the ordinary becomes extraordinary touching them as much as the paint on a palette. I am left thinking about two friends touring the Art in Rome. It is the last wish of one friend to see the maste [...]

    11. Sylvia Dugan on said:

      In the first half of the book, according to the author, almost all of the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists and the people around them were miserably unhappy people. The second half deals with present-day artists or those connected with art and the lives they are living. Not very edifying or interesting to me.

    12. Lu on said:

      An enjoyable assortment of short stories built around the artist life motif. Most stories are told through the everyday interactions the famous have with the common folk in their lives. The result are some interesting revelations.

    13. ROXANNE OROURKE on said:

      Interesting to see how art plays a role in varied lives.

    14. Maureen on said:

      This is a book of short stories written by Susan Vreeland. The characters in the first chapter are about persons in famous paintings, and the artist. Several chapters are about a person and an art event or about art.

    15. Bookmarks Magazine on said:

      Vreeland, whose Girl in Hyacinth Blue (1999) fictionalized the story behind a Vermeer painting, again blends fact and fiction to bring artists and the lives of those affected by them to life. She approaches her subjects, from Renoir to a young girl coming to terms with death, with emotional sensitivity and great humanity, revealing how they, too, survive daily life. With a wonderful eye for detail and thorough research, she recreates the Impressionist and post-Impressionist worlds. A few minor q [...]

    16. Maayan Schwab on said:

      This collection is divided into three sections. The first, which is comprised of a series of stories about the world's great painters, from Cezanne and Manet to Modigliani and Van Gogh, is enchanting and lovely. Imagined stories based on EXTENSIVE research with fictional characters mixed in with the real. They are fun and enticing little windows into the "maybe." The middle section is one story, an interlude, bridging the past and the perspective of the artists with the future/present and those [...]

    17. Julia on said:

      We just finished our book club meeting about these short stories, and we found them interesting since each is based on an artist or connected to art in some way. However, the collection is uneven, with my individual scores for the stories ranging from 1 to 5. My favorite is the one about the daughter who is a potter and is dealing with her mother's slide into dementia. It brought me to tears and was the best of the bunch for me.However, the early stories lacked central characters who were likabl [...]

    18. Kelly Dellinger on said:

      This book of short stories mixes art and its influence on the real and imagined people in the original artist's lives, and in modern day short stories. The earlier chapters humanized Monet, Renoir, Cezanne and others existence and their art. With a fable as a transition story, the second half of the book introduces art's influence on a young girl, the mysterious reappearing white board Matisse and the unexpected freedom of posing for sculpture students. The topping or finish is the insider's exp [...]

    19. Paula Ludwigson on said:

      This is a series of short stories which I didn't realize until I was well into the first set of stories. They are divided into three parts - the first part is a series of vignettes about the personal lives of impressionists painters - Monet, Cezanne, Manet. This series was my favorite in the book. The middle and last sections are later and modern day. I did love the story about the two friends who take a trip to Rome as a final request from one of them whom everyone thinks is dying. I loved the [...]

    20. Bonnieb on said:

      I love Susan Vreeland’s other works (The Passion of Artemesia, The Forest Lover, and Girl in Hyacinth Blue); thus, I thought I would love this. It was just all rightt nearly as engaging as her other books. Life Studies is a collection of short stories situated over the past century and always with an art theme/setting. The early stories are personal vignettes of some of the Impressionist artists, including Manet, Picasso, Renoir, Monet. Then ones of a generation later and finally some from tod [...]

    21. Suzanne on said:

      I had enjoyed Girl in Hyacinth Blue, Vreeland's work of historical fiction based on the painter, Vermeer, so I was eager to read more. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy Life Studies at all. It's a series of short stories featuring a glimpse into the lives of several painters, mostly French impressionists. The stories, however, were mostly about their wives and lovers, and not very interesting at all. I found myself skimming towards the latter part of the book, because I just wanted to move on to an [...]

    22. Elisabeth on said:

      I enjoyed this book of short stories about life and art. The book is divided into three sections--stories about people who interact in ordinary ways with great painters such as Monet, Manet, and Renoir; an folk-tale type story about 2 Italians who set out to see great art, and modern day stories about how art touches people lives.I was impressed with how Vreeland made you feel like you were there for each story, and that the people were real and fresh.

    23. Christine on said:

      I like Vreeland books because I like art. She always takes an artist or a painting and writes a work of fiction around it, including lots of art history. This one was a little different in that she wrote short stories about various artists from the perspective of another person in their lives, sometimes a family member and sometimes just a friend of employee. Having the artist be the minor character was unique and I enjoyed all the stories.

    24. Amanda on said:

      The book is divided into two sections, with the first occurring in the past, and the second in the present day: the first section was weaker, with the exception of the story about Modigliani's daughter, and I found myself skimming through a few. The second section, however, was excellent, and I felt that a few of them were stories I would love to see fleshed out into a longer piece. I feel like you would get more out of this book if you're an art fan, but it's a quick, nice read.

    25. Elena T. on said:

      La Vreeland istruisce il lettore sulle sottigliezze della pittura e mostra i retroscena dei più celebri dipinti (minuziosa quanto brutale la retrospettiva su Modigliani), ma lo fa senza critica e al solo scopo di permettere una maggior comprensione della nascita di un dipinto."Ritratti d'artista" è quindi un assaggio che ingolosisce, ma che verso la fine lascia un po' assetati, con la netta sensazione che ci fosse molto altro da raccontare

    26. Meghan on said:

      I'm not really sure how I feel about this book - I approached it as if it were a novel and I was disappointed. If I started reading it with the expectations I hold for short stories (which is what this book was, if you really think about it) I think I would have enjoyed it more. However, I had a hard time following the story lines and the characters; it seemed very jumbled and I don't feel like there was a set beginning, middle and end. In the end I was left thinking, "was that it?"

    27. Rachael on said:

      This collection of stories about art, love, and the transformative properties of both was a gift from a friend who absolutely loved it. Vreeland is adept at expressing the beauty of art, but the idea that art is worth all sacrifice was repeated a bit too often without challenge, aside from maybe the Nourrice story. I preferred the more modern stories, but would have enjoyed the entire collection more if there was more variation in theme and tone.

    28. Kathryn on said:

      I am currently reading books by Susan Vreeland. I really enjoyed Girl in Hyacinth Blue for the interesting way the book was composed through the life of a painting. I was hoping to enjoy this book as well, and did find the first half of the book interesting. Each chapter was a short story about an event happening in a famous artist's life. The second half of the book was ok, but was based on present day people and their reactions and interactions with art.

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