I can highly recommend Steve Martin’s new novel “An Object of Beauty.”
The book is an inside look at the art world, mixing up the real and the imagined artists, dealers, collectors, side players and personalities. As I read the book, I kept thinking about wanting to see the paintings of the artists and learn more about their works and lives.
In one vivid scene, the narrator, Daniel Franks, attends a lecture at Boulud and describes the high-minded “way the art world was supposed to be: sophisticated, dressed, with a British accent and raconteur’s tongue.” The lecture and reception afterward was for John Richardson the renowned biographer of Picasso (John Richardson’s Picasso Biographies).
I enjoyed the book so much so that I was inspired to compile a list of wikipedia links to the real world people who populate this terrific and interesting book.
Francis Bacon <!– Donald Batton –>
Isabella Stewart Gardner
Vincent Van Gogh
John Singer Sargent
John Singleton Copley
Frank Lloyd Wright