May 3, 2010
May 3, 2010
Emma Dial is a virtuoso painter who executes the works of Michael Freiburg, a preeminent figure in the New York art world. She has a sensuous and exacting hand, hips like a matador, and long neglected ambitions of her own. She spends her days completing a series of pictures for Freiburg's spring exhibition and her nights drinking and dining with friends and luminaries. Into this landscape walks Philip Cleary, Emma's longtime painting hero and a colleague and rival of her boss. Philip Cleary represents the ideal artistic existence, a respected painter, fearless and undeterred by fashion. He is unmatched by anyone from Emma's generation. Except, just possibly, Emma herself. Emma Dial must choose between the security of being a studio assistant to a renowned painter and the unknown future as an artist in her own right.
Samantha Peale writes with astonishing insight about a young woman who risks everything to fulfill her ambitions as an artist.
Samantha Peale, former studio assistant to Jeff Koons, crafts a remarkable debut novel about the complex relationship between Michael Freiburg, a prominent painter, and Emma Dial, his lovely "assistant," who is actually the one painting Freiburg's works. Michael and Emma are partners in more than one regard--they are also (occasional) lovers, although he remains married to another woman. Emma regrets whiling away her career making art with someone else's signature on it, but she can not quite sever her connection to Michael, until another artist named Philip Cleary enters her life and tries to inspire her to take credit for her own creative output.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Subgenre: General, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Conflicts + Dualities, Arts + Entertainment, Types of Characters
- Language: English
- Author: Samantha Peale
- Online Item #: 12290411
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-43-5263
- ISBN: 9780393304558
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported