The Last Painting of Sara De Vos by Dominic Smith
Our Review…A cursed painting, a great art heist, a masterful forgery. A wonderful new novel opens with a fundraiser being held in a privileged young lawyers apartment. A haunting painting of a young girl painted by a little known 16th century Dutch artist vanishes during the evening.
Switching to the 16th century, we meet Sara de Vos, an artist of some note, who is struggling to cope with the abandonment of her husband and admittance into the prestigious Dutch Artist’s Guild – which did in real life admit women.
Another layer is woven into the tale, as we meet Australian Ellie Shipley, who as a struggling art student makes the fatal error of copying the painting years before. Many years later she is the curator of an exhibition of female Dutch artists…to tell more would be to give the story away. It’s an inspiring, intelligent read.
Review by Nicole @ Great Escape Books