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VMFA Book Club: The Painted Girls by Cathy Buchanan, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, February 20

 

Date: February 20, 2014The Painted Girls

Time: 5:30 – 7 pm

Location: Pauley Center Parlor

With: Mitchell Merling, Paul Mellon Curator of European Art

VMFA Book Club: Using books about artists or works of art currently on view at VMFA to pique curiosity and open discussions, VMFA Book Club explores these specific works of art as well as the setting and period surrounding the art. NOTE: Reading the book is helpful but not required. The VMFA Shop stocks a limited supply of each book.

February: Set in Paris in the late 1800s, this novel follows three impoverished sisters who turn to the ballet to reach financial stability. Each of the sisters takes a different path. Charlotte is a natural dancer. Marie models for Degas’s Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen. Antoinette ends up leaving ballet to perform in one of Emile Zola’s plays and soon is involved in a murder trial. Will they succeed or are they powerless to change their fate?

Cost: $8 (VMFA members $5)

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
200 N. Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220-4007
804.340.1400
http://www.vmfa.state.va.us

 

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