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Stravinsky's Lunch

4.20  ·  Rating Details  ·  89 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
A moving, deeply insightful study of two artists-both twentieth-century Australian women-who lived and worked in divergent realms
Drusilla Modjeska's title derives from an anecdote about the composer who, while creating a piece of music, ordered his family to remain silent while taking a meal with him-so Stravinsky could preserve his concentration on his work. Modjeska's b
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Hardcover, 364 pages
Published November 30th 2000 by Farrar Straus Giroux (first published 1999)
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Beth Bonini
Jan 30, 2016 Beth Bonini rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography, feminism, art
This book is about art, culture, feminism, history, female artists and modernism -- mostly set in that turbulent time period between the wars. The author studies two Australian artists in depth -- Stella Bowen and Grace-Cossington-Smith -- whilst touching on many of their contemporaries, both in art and literature.

Modjeska talks about the life and the art, and does so in a way that is sometimes scholarly -- but mostly quite personal. She, the author, is very much a presence in the text -- parti
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Linda
Mar 17, 2008 Linda rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: painters, art history buffs, lovers of women's stories
Hard to put down, this is the wonderful story about 2 Australian women artists at the start of the 20th century, Stella Bowen and Grace Cossington Smith. Both very different stories but both incredible. If you love art and/or Autralian History and also love reading about independent women then this book is for you
Ann Tonks
I loved this book when I first read it 10 years ago. I re-visited it because one of the womnen artists Ms Modjeska writes about is Stella Bown and I had just finished reading Ms Bowen's 1940 memoir.

If you have any interest in the lives of women, in art, in the culture of the first half of the 20th century, in biography, this is a must read book. Not only are the words beautiful but it's well publicshed with greaat colour and black and white reprints of art.
Sue
May 05, 2014 Sue rated it really liked it
Shelves: art, biography
An insight into life in the early 20th century for women artists. Not an easy life by any means and one in which art versus love is discussed; can they function together or will there always be a pull to one or the other? Biographies of Stella Bowen and Grace Cossington Smith two of Australia's great women painters whose work was never really recognized during their lifetime for it's significance to Australian history as part of the first wave of modernism in Australia.


Jill
Mar 16, 2007 Jill rated it it was amazing
Wonderful creative biography of two female Australian artists. Fascinating read, both engaging on a literary/personal level and wonderful learning about their art. There are also good colour prints of artworks in the book.
Marianela
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Jul 28, 2011 Drew rated it it was ok
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Drusilla Modjeska was born in England and lived in Papua New Guinea before arriving in Australia in 1971. She studied at the Australian National University and the University of New South Wales completing a PhD which was published as Exiles at Home: Australian Women Writers 1925-1945 (1981).

Modjeska's writing often explores the boundaries between fiction and non-fiction. The best known of her work
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