A Book Club for Santa Fe College Students, Faculty & Staff
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
The January meeting will be Tuesday, January 25 at 2:00 pm.
The book for January is The Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland.
From Publisher's Weekly:
Imagining the banks of the Seine in the thick of la vie moderne,
Vreeland (Girl in Hyacinth Blue) tracks Auguste Renoir as he conceives,
plans and paints the 1880 masterpiece that gives her vivid fourth novel
its title. Renoir, then 39, pays the rent on his Montmartre garret by
painting "overbred society women in their fussy parlors," but, goaded by
negative criticism from Emile Zola, he dreams of doing a breakout work.
On July 20, the daughter of a resort innkeeper close to Paris suggests
that Auguste paint from the restaurant's terrace. The party of 13
subjects Renoir puts together (with difficulty) eventually spends
several Sundays drinking and flirting under the spell of the painter's
brush. Renoir, who declares, "I only want to paint women I love," falls
desperately for his newest models, while trying to win his last subject
back from her rich fiance. But Auguste and his friends only have two
months to catch the light he wants and fend off charges that he and his
fellow Impressionists see the world "through rose-colored glasses."
Vreeland achieves a detailed and surprising group portrait,
individualized and immediate. (May) Copyright 2007 Reed Business