By Lipton, Eunice; Manet, Édouard; Meurent, Victorine; Lipton, Eunice; Meurent, Victorine; Manet, Édouard
Eunice Lipton used to be a fledging paintings historian whilst she first grew to become intrigued through Victorine Meurent, the nineteenth-century version who seemed in Edouard Manet's most famed work, in basic terms to fade from historical past in a haze of degrading rumour. yet had this daring and lively attractiveness quite descended into prostitution, drunkenness, and early death-or did her lifestyles, hidden from heritage, take a special direction altogether? Eunice Lipton's look for the reply combines the suspense of a detective tale with the revelatory strength of paintings, peeling off layers of lies to bare startling truths approximately Victorine Meurent-and approximately Lipton herself
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I left for New York. It was 1967. I landed in Manhattan and headed to a friend's house on Eighth Street. I found adjunct teaching in a couple of colleges for almost no money, but enough to support myself, buy books and the occasional clothing extravagance for falling in love. I was only twenty-five and I'd never fucked anyone but lake. I had no idea what men saw when they looked at me, but I noticed them looking. Did I seem sad with what one Milanese boy years ago had called my Madonna Dolorosa look?
I knew she longed for me. She couldn't comprehend my hatred, the venom that poured from my eyes, my heart. What had she done to deserve this? When she hit me, I kicked her; when she smacked, I cursed. Each time it escalated until I spit at her, and she pushed me away. That was our embrace, my mother's and mine. A hopeless emptying of our hearts. Never forgiving, always longing. It was 1970 when Victorine's face came into focus for the first time. Unsmiling and serene, she looked at the world with desire.
R elationship. Certainly, I was sorry when he died, a man not much more than fifty who had a lot of work left in him. He was a good painter. I didn't like all his work, but what's the difference? I knew I would miss running into him, though. He was always interesting to talk to. And who can deny it, the scandal over Olympia was amusing. That memorial dinner! They always did things like that. The great men in somber dress, drinking their good wine, really toasting themselves and their good luck.