The Underpainter

The Underpainter

Book - 1997
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The Underpainteris a novel of interwoven lives in which the world of art collides with the realm of human emotion. It is the story of Austin Fraser, an American painter now in his later years, who is haunted by memories of those whose lives most deeply touched his own, including a young Canadian soldier and china painter and the beautiful model who becomes Austin's mistress. Spanning decades, the setting moves from upstate New York to the northern shores of two Great Lakes; from France in World War One to New York City in the '20s and '30s. Brilliantly depicting landscape and the geography of the imagination,The Underpainteris Jane Urquhart's most accomplished novel to date.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c1997
ISBN: 9780771086649
Branch Call Number: FIC Urquh 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 340 p


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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 07, 2014

This Governor General’s Award winning novel is the life story of a successful mini-malist painter who is incapable of dealing with human emotions, and the tragedies of those close to him. A brilliant portrayal of artistic isolation, love and pain.

Oct 28, 2011

Un autre livre plein de poésie. Un monde vu de l'intérieur par l'artiste.
Celui-ci est totalement absorbé par son art mais, ce faisant, il passe à côté de la vie. Il refuse de s'abandonner à ses émotions.
Un très beau livre malgré quelques longueurs.

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