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Sacré Bleu

A Comedy d'Art

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It is the color of the Virgin Mary's cloak, a dazzling pigment desired by artists, an exquisite hue infused with danger, adventure, and perhaps even the supernatural. It is . . . Sacré Bleu In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he? Why would an artist at the height of his creative powers attempt to take his own life . . . and then walk a mile to a doctor's house for help? Who was the crooked little "color man" Vincent had claimed was stalking him across France? And why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of blue? These are just a few of the questions confronting Vincent's friends—baker-turned-painter Lucien Lessard and bon vivant Henri Toulouse-Lautrec—who vow to discover the truth about van Gogh's untimely death. Their quest will lead them on a surreal odyssey and brothel-crawl deep into the art world of late nineteenth-century Paris. Oh là là, quelle surprise, and zut alors! A delectable confection of intrigue, passion, and art history—with cancan girls, baguettes, and fine French cognac thrown in for good measure—. Sacré Bleu is another masterpiece of wit and wonder from the one, the only, Christopher Moore.

From Publishers Weekly

Feb 06, 2012 – Art history is playfully and perilously rewritten in this ambitious novel by bestseller Moore (Bite Me). Working backward from the death of Vincent Van Gogh in 1890, we meet frustrated painter and favored son of a Paris bakery family, Lucien Lessard, whose best pal happens to be Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, that fabled frequenter of brothels. All his life, Lucien has heard words of wisdom and tutelage not only from Toulouse-Lautrec, but also Renoir, Pissarro, and Theo Van Gogh. But after Toulouse-Lautrec receives a strange letter from Van Gogh, dated just before his death, the two begin to investigate the Colorman, an odd figure who sold the titular brilliant ultramarine paint to all of these fabled painters during their most prolific, mad, and forgotten periods of work (the Colorman s arrivals also coincided with the painters most intense love affairs). During their investigation, Lucien and Toulouse-Lautrec will discover that the mystery and Lucien s muse, Juliette, are intimately connected. Spanning nearly 30 years with a brief interlude in Roman times the story is steeped in Western art: Renaissance Italy; medieval cathedrals; the fields and studios of pre, post, and high impressionism. Though the question at the story s heart is less interesting than the fictional anecdotes about the great masters, fans of Moore s mix of wit and slapstick will be pleased. Photos.

Customer Reviews

About the Ebook. YES!

This book presents beautifully in eBook format. Within the text the color inserts of the paintings are vibrant, more so than on the softer creamier-colored paper of the hardcover. The blue text of the printed version has been reduced to titles; the absent end paper Paris map and the deckle edges are not sorely missed. The cover art of the hardback is partially missing because the title would not show if they had not used the strip wrapper.

This was my first C Moore book. I laughed and cringed at the bawdy traipse through the lives of artists whose work I enjoy. Moore's afterward explanation of his selections from real stories helped me appreciate his work. Irreverence humanizes and endears the art. While much of Moore's humor reminds me of Marx Brothers' silliness, his storytelling links to world-wide myths of tricksters. Sacre Bleu is fun on many levels. Happy to have read it.

Oui Oui!!!

I don't know what to do with myself, now that I have finished reading this excellent novel. Best book I have read in a long time.

A Fun Read

Christopher Moore is at his best when using his unique wit and charms to craft historical fiction. As with Lamb, he has imbued the great artist of history with a humanity that is lost amongst the great textbooks and museum plaques of the world. while he does take great liberty with the history, it is always grounded in a sense of realism. Just like the impressionist painters in his book.

Sacré Bleu
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  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Apr 03, 2012
  • Publisher: William Morrow
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 432 Pages
  • Language: English
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