Melanie's Reviews > Strapless: John Singer Sargent and the Fall of Madame X

Strapless by Deborah   Davis
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Dec 15, 2011

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Read from December 15 to 22, 2011

There was a lot that I liked about this book. It told enough of the background of Amelie's life and of the history of Paris to really get a good feel for the time without going into too much detail. The character sketches were good. But then Davis told what happened to many of the people whose portraits Seargent had painted, but who didn't really play an integral part of the story of Madame X, so the end felt...odd. And, like most art history books, there weren't enough pictures. Davis kept referring to paintings, but there was nothing to look at, so the impact of the story was kind of lost. But still, really really fun if you like art history or 19th century Paris.
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