about the artistic relationship between
Louis Tiffany and Clara Driscoll.
As a result of recently discovered letters
in the early 2000s, written by Clara,
it appears likely she was the
designer behind the famous
Clara headed up the
women's department in Tiffany's
glass company in the early 1900s.
The Wisteria Lamp
In the novel, Clara, working under the direction
of Tiffany, is the creative genius behind
the famous stained glass lamps.
Although she and Tiffany are of
like minds in their search for "beauty,"
they are in separate social worlds and
he never gives her full credit for her creations.
The novel, full of social contrast of the time--
men/women, rich/poor, labor/management,
tends to read more like a biography than a novel.
I found the detailed descriptions of glass making
and the artist's process to be a bit tedious.
However, if you are at all interested
in Tiffany glass, it's a definite must read.
Steve Martin's AN OBJECT OF BEAUTY,
is the polar opposite of the first book.
I was very anxious to read this book because
I really like Steve Martin a lot.
He's a real renaissance man,
talented comedian, actor, musician and writer.
This is the first book I've read by him
and I was a bit disappointed.
It's the story of Lacey Yeager,
a young woman climbing her way up
the New York art scene beginning in the 1990s,
when she starts her career in Sotheby's basement.
Martin is an avid art collector
and he knows the art world.
Lacey achieves her success,
but does not manage to keep it.
Sounds like a great novel, doesn't it?
Unfortunately, I never really felt
any connection with her,
so her story never really mattered to me.
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