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This is an auction for THE GOD OF SPRING by Arabella Edge.

"A one-sitting read . . . So well told and so perfectly realized that it expresses the struggle of all artists to create."
- a *** starred *** review in Library Journal (US)

"Intensely pictorial, keenly sensitive to the artist's eye for color, form, and the swirling context of humanity and landscape that feeds his hungry imagination."
- a *** starred *** review in Kirkus Reviews (US)

"Edge's second historical (after The Company) takes as its subject the French artist Theodore Gericault and the genesis of one of his best-known paintings, The Raft of the Medusa. It is 1818, and Gericault is trying to extract himself from an affair with Alexandrine, six years his senior but much younger than her husband, who happens to be Gericault's uncle and benefactor. Gericault is also at a crossroads in his career: six years after winning the gold medal at the Paris Salon for his painting Charging Chasseur, Gericault is in desperate need of a subject for a new painting that will get him back into the Salon. At this point Gericault becomes obsessed with the shipwreck of the Medusa, a frigate that went aground off the coast of Cape Blanco. He interviews survivors and becomes increasingly obsessed with every vivid and unsettling detail of the shipwreck. As Gericault begins to paint his vision of the aftermath of the catastrophe, his own life disintegrates: Alexandrine becomes pregnant and their affair is discovered, with disastrous consequences. This is a thoughtful and richly imagined story about the darker aspects of the artistic process and the costs of obsession."
- Publishers Weekly (US)

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Large format (trade) paperback 2005.

344 pages.

Very good condition.

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There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston ?North following the auction.

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