The God of Spring

The God of Spring

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Baker & Taylor
A tale inspired by the life of early nineteenth-century Romantic painter Théodore Géricault traces the creation of one of his most controversial and sensational works, Raft of the Medusa, a process during which he makes the two survivors of an infamous French frigate his muses. 35,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Set in Paris in 1818, during the upheavals of the French Revolution, the Empire, and the Restoration, The God of Spring tells the story of painter Theodore Gericault.
Having won a gold medal at the prestigious Salon for his painting Charging Chasseur at the tender age of twenty-one, Gericault is now, seven years later, searching for the subject of his next masterpiece. But he is lovesick, hopelessly addicted to his benefactor-uncle's young wife, Alexandrine, six years his senior. Every moment without her is an eternity.
At the house of his worldly neighbor he hears the story of the shipwreck of the French frigate Medusa off the shores of the West African coast and the abandonment of one hundred fifty souls on an unseaworthy, makeshift raft. The catastrophe has fascinated and horrified the French public, with its tales of betrayal, madness, murder, and cannibalism. "Against all odds," Gericault is told, "Henri Savigny, the frigate's surgeon, evidently returned to Paris alive."
When Gericault finds Savigny and his mate, he has discovered a pair of unlikely muses who hold the key to the rendering of the painter's next great work. If only he can maintain his sanity. The God of Spring is the story of grand passions. In prose that evokes its setting, Arabella Edge has brought to life the creation of an epic painting.

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A tale inspired by the life of Romantic painter Thâeodore Gâericault traces the creation of one of his sensational works, "Raft of the Medusa," a process during which he makes the two survivors of an infamous French frigate his muses.

Simon and Schuster
Leave the fine stallions, converging battle troops, and court commissions to the Vernets and their honored friends. Here was his space. Scorched, implacable skies, clouds raining dust. An ocean so tumultuous and vast it would hurt your eyes to stare at it for long. Men huddled on an improbable tempest-tossed raft. Mere planks lashed by rotting cords.

Perhaps he had chanced on a subject for the king's Salon at last.

Set in Paris in 1818, during the upheavals of the French Revolution, the Empire, and the Restoration, The God of Spring tells the story of painter Théodore Géricault.

Having won a gold medal at the prestigious Salon for his painting Charging Chasseur at the tender age of twenty-one, Géricault is now, seven years later, searching for the subject of his next masterpiece. But he is lovesick, hopelessly addicted to his benefactor-uncle's young wife, Alexandrine, six years his senior. Every moment without her is an eternity.

At the house of his worldly neighbor he hears the story of the shipwreck of the French frigate Medusa off the shores of the West African coast and the abandonment of one hundred fifty souls on an unseaworthy, makeshift raft. The catastrophe has fascinated and horrified the French public, with its tales of betrayal, madness, murder, and cannibalism. "Against all odds," Géricault is told, "Henri Savigny, the frigate's surgeon, evidently returned to Paris alive."

When Géricault finds Savigny and his mate, he has discovered a pair of unlikely muses who hold the key to the rendering of the painter's next great work. If only he can maintain his sanity.

The God of Spring is the story of grand passions. In prose that vividly evokes its setting, Arabella Edge has brought to life the creation of an epic painting.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2007
Edition: First Simon & Schuster paperback edition
ISBN: 9780743294843
074329484X
Branch Call Number: FIC Edge, A 2007
Characteristics: 340 pages ; 25 cm

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