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This is an auction for GIRL IN HYACINTH BLUE by Susan Vreeland.

"As Keats describes the scenes and lives frozen in a moment of time on his Grecian urn, so Vreeland layers moments in the lives of eight people profoundly moved and changed by a Vermeer painting a thing of beauty and a joy forever. Vreeland opens with a man who suffers through his adoration of the painting because he inherited it from his Nazi father, who stole it from a deported Jewish family. She traces the work's provenance through the centuries: the farmer's wife, the Bohemian student, the loving husband with a secret and, finally, the Girl herself Vermeer's eldest daughter, who felt her "self" obliterated by the self immortalized in paint, but accepted that this was the nature of art. Descriptions of the painting by people in different countries in various historical periods are particularly beautiful. This is a delightful production."
- Publishers Weekly (US)

Amazon.com review:

"FIVE STARS!!! A beautiful novel, the story of a Vermeer painting hidden for decades. Going back in time through the lives and loves and stories of all the previous owners, this book is a small and beautiful masterpiece of art and connection."

More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Paperback 2001.

242 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

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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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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