By Lipton, Eunice; Manet, Édouard; Meurent, Victorine; Lipton, Eunice; Meurent, Victorine; Manet, Édouard
Eunice Lipton used to be a fledging artwork historian while she first grew to become intrigued through Victorine Meurent, the nineteenth-century version who seemed in Edouard Manet's most renowned work, merely to fade from historical past in a haze of degrading rumour. yet had this daring and lively attractiveness particularly descended into prostitution, drunkenness, and early death-or did her existence, hidden from background, 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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Leenhoff and M. Gustave Manet can tell you that M. Manet certainly intended to come to my aid. If in my misfortune, and in remembrance 52 VOILA VICTORINE of him, you will be so kind as to interest yourself in my destiny and can do something for me, please accept, Madame, my deepest gratitude. I am respectfully yours, Victorine Meurent 7, Boulevard de la Seine Asnieres Seine Most of the letter was reprinted in Tabarant, and I had read it, but still the handwriting thrills me . It's neat and constant.
Listen, I didn't do much of my own work in Asnieres. The months went by in a haze. 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.
Every time he'd leave the house I'd get these strange tremors up my back, starting real low down. He'd kiss me good-bye, 26 MY MAMA TOLD ME ... and then I'd dash into another room. I'd wait till I knew he was just out the door, and then I'd run feverishly after him to give him a second kiss. I was left in the apartment with Trudy, in the bare rooms in which we circled each other. I'd try to work; she'd interrupt me; she always interrupted me. I couldn't shut the door on her. It made me frantic.
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