From Brush Strokes to Key Strokes: Novels about Art & Artists

Photos of the 4 authors

You don't want to miss this amazing panel of authors featuring Mary F. Burns, Yves Fey, Michael Llewellyn, and Ciji Ware

Writers face a stimulating challenge when they write about art and artists—how to depict a visual medium with only words on a page. How does a writer explore and present the subtleties of color, light, shadow, materials, space and shape? And there’s something else—what if the novel is about a real artist, whose creations are available to everyone online and in books, and thus completely open to comparison and critique?

The Oakland Main Library is pleased to present an exceptional panel of authors to talk about how they grappled with these and many other issues when writing about such artists as Edgar Degas, John Singer Sargent, and architect Julia Morgan, as well as entirely fictional artists who lived during the same era of the exciting new art movements of Impressionism and Art Deco—the latter half of the 19th century and the very beginnings of the 20th century. 

Portraits of an Artist, a novel about John Singer Sargent by Mary F. Burns
Floats the Dark Shadow, A Mystery of Paris by Yves Fey
Creole Son: A Novel of Degas in New Orleans by Michael Llewellyn  
A Race to Splendor, a novel about architect Julia Morgan by Ciji Ware  


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