By Lipton, Eunice; Manet, Édouard; Meurent, Victorine; Lipton, Eunice; Meurent, Victorine; Manet, Édouard
Eunice Lipton was once a fledging artwork historian while she first grew to become intrigued by means of Victorine Meurent, the nineteenth-century version who seemed in Edouard Manet's most famed work, purely to fade from background in a haze of degrading rumour. yet had this daring and lively good looks particularly descended into prostitution, drunkenness, and early death-or did her existence, hidden from background, take a unique direction altogether? Eunice Lipton's look for the reply combines the suspense of a detective tale with the revelatory energy of paintings, peeling off layers of lies to bare startling truths approximately Victorine Meurent-and approximately Lipton herself
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Alias Olympia : a woman's search for Manet's notorious model & her own desire by Lipton, Eunice; Manet, Édouard; Meurent, Victorine; Lipton, Eunice; Meurent, Victorine; Manet, Édouard