‘I opened this book with high expectations. They have been admirably fulfilled.  Here we have a stand alone thriller about two lonely people who pursue a relationship of monthly weekends together in remote spots.  Suddenly one of these two fails to get to the rendezvous-vous and the other realises how very limited her knowledge of her  companion is . . . Gradually the reader pieces together some of the facts as an atmosphere of rising tension envelops everything. The intelligent way Jay, Lisa and others plan their actions is enjoyable and the suspense of the tale is palpable.’


Inventing Impressionism

whatson-banner-finalThis was a great idea for an exhibition: Impressionist paintings connected with the dealer Paul Durand-Ruel, who was so important in promoting the work of Monet, Renoir, Manet, Degas, Pissarro and Sisley. Everything here was either sold by him, owned by him or in one of the influential exhibitions that he organised in Paris, London or New York. I’d had no idea quite how influential he was in the lives of these artists. To give just one example: he transformed the fortunes of Manet. After seeing two pictures at the house of an artist friend of Manet’s, he visited Manet’s studio and bought twenty-one paintings for a fabulous sum. Up until that point he had hardly sold anything. Durand-Ruel’s support of the Impressionists was far from being just a commercial proposition. He loved their work, had his and his family’s portraits painted by Renoir, and kept some of their paintings to the end of his life.

The exhibition is fascinating, but it’s also pure visual pleasure. I went on Wednesday and it was the ideal day to see it. I came out into a day of blue skies and trees coming into leaf. Perfect Impressionist weather.



  1. moira @ Clothes in Books
    May 6, 2015

    I saw this one too, really enjoyed it. Such beautiful pictures, and I thought just the right size for an exhibiton – 85 paintings is just right, not too big, not too small.

    • Christine Poulson
      May 7, 2015

      Yes, perfect, wasn’t it. I much prefer this size to a blockbuster exhibition.


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