By Lipton, Eunice; Manet, Édouard; Meurent, Victorine; Lipton, Eunice; Meurent, Victorine; Manet, Édouard
Eunice Lipton used to be a fledging artwork historian whilst she first turned intrigued by way of Victorine Meurent, the nineteenth-century version who seemed in Edouard Manet's most famed work, merely to fade from background in a haze of degrading rumour. yet had this daring and lively good looks particularly descended into prostitution, drunkenness, and early death-or did her existence, hidden from background, take a special path 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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It made me frantic. Louis respected me because I was verbal and suspicious. Respect was the most important thing in my house. To earn it you had to be fast on your feet. A rule was, if there was any possibility of making a mistake, you didn't try something, you kept your mouth shut, because the worst thing that could happen was that you'd be laughed at. I became an expert at sniffing out potential humiliation . I stopped playing the piano for my father after the first time I scrambled a few notes and heard him moving restlessly in his chair.
I did write to Manet's widow though. It had been on my mind for a long time, especially as money got tighter. And Manet had told me he had put something aside for me. I told her about my difficulties; I even mentioned my mother. I threw something in about a broken finger. I exaggerated here and there. Well, tant pis, she never answered anyway. 49 ALIAS OLYMPIA Next, I take a look at the Adolphe Tabarant holdings. He is still the major source on Manet. Many others have written, some extensively, about the artist since Tabarant's publication of Manet et ses oeuvres in 1947, but he remains the place where one starts.
My mother gone. I can still feel 36 MY MAMA TOLD ME ... the mean smile that twisted my face that day as I looked at her kneeling there, and let her go forever. She shrugged, "She'll come round, she's my daughter. " It never happened. Things got worse and worse between us. I was stubborn, so was she. I didn't like to do things her way. She started hitting me; I was five years old. She threw me in a closet and tied me up. Nobody stopped her. Nobody knew. But I was a smart kid. I was as smart as I was desperate, and I knew Trudy's desperation.
Alias Olympia : a woman's search for Manet's notorious model & her own desire by Lipton, Eunice; Manet, Édouard; Meurent, Victorine; Lipton, Eunice; Meurent, Victorine; Manet, Édouard