Sunday, June 25, 2017

Eleven must-read novels about female artists

At Electric Lit Carrie V Mullins tagged eleven top novels about female artists, including:
The Painter from Shanghai by Jennifer Cody Epstein

This novel is based on the unlikely true story of early 20th century Chinese painter Pan Yuliang. As a child, Yuliang was sold into prostitution by her uncle, who needed the money to support his opium habit. Pan became the concubine for a wealthy customs inspector who allowed her to go to art school in Shanghai and eventually Europe. The move made Pan into a talented painter, but when she returned to China, which was on the brink of revolution, her art was considered too modern. Pan’s journey questions the inherent value of a piece of art versus the society and lens that its viewed in.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Page 69 Test: The Painter from Shanghai.

--Marshal Zeringue