Join fellow Alliance for the Arts members in a monthly exploration of literature focused on art, artists, art history and art appreciation. Alliance Member Gallery Book Club continues on May 15, 2018. Club members must purchase their own copy of each book, but an active Alliance membership is all that’s required. The group meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of every month in the gallery.
May 15 Meeting: The Yellow House: Van Gogh, Gauguin and the Nice Turbulent Weeks in Arles by Martin Gayford
Gallery Exhibition: Along the Coast
The Yellow House tells of how Paul Gauguin and Vincent van Gogh shared a home in Arles from October to December 1888, making them the Odd Couple of art history. Never, before or since have two such towering artistic talents been penned up in so small a space. Despite their cohabitation being short lived, as Van Gogh suffered a psychological crisis two months after Gauguin arrived in Arles, a stream of masterpieces was created within the studio they shared during the period they worked together.
A tour de force of history and imagination, The Lady and the Unicorn is Tracy Chevalier’s answer to the mystery behind the making of a set of bewitching medieval tapestries that hangs today in the Cluny Museum in Paris. Six lavish tapestries, commissioned by a shrewd French nobleman to celebrate his rising status at Court, designed by a charismatic, arrogant, sublimely talented artist, and woven in the Brussels workshop by a master weaver who will risk everything he has to finish the tapestries on time for his exacting French client. The results change all their lives—lives that have been captured in the tapestries, for those who know where to look.
Take a guided tour of the tools and the tricks of the masters to discover why their work has endured. Written with passion, humor, and wisdom, Reading Like a Writer will inspire readers to return to literature with a fresh eye and an eager heart. Francine analyzes the long and magnificent sentences of Philip Roth, the breathtaking paragraphs of Isaac Babel, the brilliant characterization in George Eliot’s Middlemarch, John Le Carré’s lessons in how to advance plot through dialogue, Flannery O’Connor’s cunning use of the telling detail, and, most important, how Prose cautions readers to slow down and pay attention to words, the raw material out of which all literature is crafted.