Thursday, April 28, 2016

Landscapes of Deception

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith

In reality, none of Sarah van Baalbergen's works survived, but Dominic Smith decided to turn the few known facts about her into fiction by renaming her as Sara de Vos and resurrecting her work. Starting out in 17th Century Holland, Smith shows us a woman who lives in the shadow of her husband, whose own talent is surprisingly recognized. Smith then brings us to Brooklyn, New York in the 1950s, to introduce us to Ellie, an Australian woman, desperately trying to finish her PhD in art history on the subject of female painters of the Dutch Golden Age. Ellie returned to her studies after finding out how male dominated the art restoration world was. To keep from starving, she restored a few paintings as a freelancer, but her biggest challenge comes when a suspicious art dealer asks her to replicate a rare painting - the last known surviving painting by Sara de Vos. In this way, Smith begins to construct a composition that sweeps across centuries and continents, eventually bringing all the shadows and light into focus.

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"The Last Painting of Sara de Vos" by Dominic Smith, released April 5, 2016, is available from Amazon US, Amazon UK (available May 8, 2016), Barnes & Noble, Kobo Books (USA, Canada & Australia), iTunes (iBook or audiobook), The Book Depository (free worldwide delivery), new or used from Alibris  as well as from an IndieBound store near you. I would like to thank the publishers Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Sarah Crichton Books, for sending me an advanced copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.
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