Painting Time

Painting Time

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 13/05/2021
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"One of contemporary fiction's most gifted sentence builders" Beejay Silcox, GuardianBehind the ornate doors of 30, rue du Métal in Brussels, twenty students begin their apprenticeship in the art of decorative painting - that art of tricksters and counterfeiters, where each knot in a plank of wood hides a secret and every vein in a slab of marble tells a story.Among these students are Kate, Jonas and Paula Karst. Together, during a relentless year of study, they will learn the techniques of reproducing materials in paint, and the intensity of their experience - the long hours in the studio, the late nights, the conversations, arguments, parties, romances - will cement a friendship that lasts long after their formal studies end.For Paula, her initiation into the art of trompe l'œil will take her back through time, from her own childhood memories, to the ancient formations of the materials whose depiction she strives to master. And from the institute in Brussels where her studies begin, to her work on the film sets of Cinecittà, and finally the prehistoric caves of Lascaux, her experiences will transcend art, gradually revealing something of her own inner world, and the secret, unreachable desires of her heart.A coming-of-age novel like no other: an atmospheric and highly aesthetic portrayal of love, art and craftsmanship from the acclaimed author of Birth of a Bridge and Mend the Living.Translated from the French by Jessica Moore

  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780857059864
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Weight: 396g
  • Dimensions: 220 x 142 x 28 mm

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Painting Time
Interesting and informative
I was sent a copy of Painting Time by Maylis de Kerangal to read and review by NetGalley. For me this felt more like an observation of art techniques, esp... READ MORE
Painting Time
Two artist friends and their differing careers
A literary novel which guides you through the lives of the artists Paula and Jonas, who are learning trompe l’oeil techniques. It’s as though you are watch... READ MORE
Jenny Hill
Painting Time
Novel set in EUROPE and across EUROPE
Behind the ornate doors of 30, rue du Métal in Brussels, 20 students begin their apprenticeship in the art of decorative painting…. the art of trompe l’oei... READ MORE
Painting Time
Suffused with colour
From the first page, I wondered whether I was in for a Ducks, Newburyport single-sentence stream of prose. I needn’t have worried; Painting Time soon settl... READ MORE
Anne O'Connell
Painting Time
Is it real?
Never read anything like this before. Beautiful in places; poetic, lyrical, transporting. But for me, quite shallow characterisation and loosely constructe... READ MORE
Carol  Groves
Painting Time
Not for me
I thought that the premise here was interesting and I enjoyed the conversations about art, however, I found the characters utterly vacuous and thought that... READ MORE
Laura Newsholme
Painting Time
An extraordinary work of literary fiction that explores art and artists
My thanks to Quercus Books/MacLehose Press for an eARC via NetGalley of ‘Painting Time’ by Maylis de Kerangal. It was first published in France in 2018 and... READ MORE
Vivienne O'Regan
Painting Time
French translation
An aesthetic and existential coming-of-age novel exploring the apprenticeship of a young female painter. Painting Time is the English title of de Kerangal’... READ MORE
Karen Dear
Painting Time
Beautiful but a little heavy
Unable to find a true vocation Paula Karst eventually ends up in Brussels at a school of decorative art and there she finds both her metier and her lifelon... READ MORE
Jo-anne Atkinson