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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (435 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Vreeland Narrator: Karen White Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In Life Studies, Susan Vreeland has written a deeply moving, richly textured collection of stories that explore art through the eyes of ordinary people. Rather than focusing directly on great Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists like Manet, Monet, Van Gogh, and Modigliani, Vreeland shifts her lens to those on the periphery, their lovers, servants, children, and neighbors, showing their personal stories as they play out against the artists' lives. Counterbalancing these historic stories are an equal number of contemporary tales in which her characters, a teacher, a construction worker, and an orphan, encounter art in meaningful, sometimes surprising ways.

When a disillusioned banker sees his daughter through the eyes of Renoir, his senses and zest for life are awakened. Morisot's wet nurse sacrifices her own child so another mother can paint. By modeling nude, a wife discovers her deeper, more compassionate self. In one enlightening summer, a young girl encounters Picasso and death. Together, the stories in Life Studies are a fascinating exploration of human frailty and resilience. These tales marvel at the lasting strength and meaning of art in our lives, revealing art's healing effect on the soul. Crafted with the skill of a master painter, Life Studies is a dazzling addition to Vreeland's outstanding body of work. Download and start listening now!


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bethany | 2/20/2014

    " I have never been a huge fan of the short story, but since finding Susan Vreeland I am a changed woman. This collection of stories revolving around the affect that art has on its creators and appreciators are each unique in their tone and viewpoint. I love the details that obviously come from careful research as well as brilliant imagination. I am on the hunt for more of her work! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cia | 2/20/2014

    " Interesting stories thru the lives of famous artists. Fictional, but possible... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marian Ferguson | 1/26/2014

    " Vreeland's gift for fictionalizing artists' lives and the revealing the impact of art on all of ourlives comes across in beautifully written stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sara Elise | 1/22/2014

    " A story of painting and the painters who painted them, the readers of this novel (or collection of short stories that are clearly connected, if you will) are invited into the private dreams and lives of some of the impressionists. And that's just part 1. In part 2 we find ourselves in modern times, being treated to an insight into the way art can influence, for better or for worse, the everyday lives of our fellow citizens. "

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