Pictures at An Exhibition

Pictures at An Exhibition

Book - 2009
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A sweeping and sensuous novel of a son's quest to recover his family's lost masterpieces, looted by the Nazis during the occupation.
Max Berenzon's father is the most successful art dealer in Paris, owner of the Berenzon Gallery, home to both Picasso and Matisse. To Max's great surprise, his father forbids him from entering the family business, choosing instead to hire a beautiful and brilliant gallery assistant named Rose Clément. When Paris falls to the Nazis, the Berenzons survive in hiding, but when they return in 1944 their gallery is empty, their priceless collection vanished. In a city darkened by corruption and black martketers, Max chases his twin obsessions: the lost paintings and Rose Clément.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.
ISBN: 9780307386304
Branch Call Number: HOU
Characteristics: 239 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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library1172 Nov 25, 2011

This is an excellent book. I believe it's the author's debut novel -- hopefully she'll write more.

Mar 10, 2011

A fabulous historical ficton set in Paris before, during and after the atrocities of WWII. I was aware before reading the book of the looting of masterpieces but not aware of the extent. Although fiction, much of Houghteling's book is based on facts, and was a book I couldn't put down. She seamlessly blends historical fact with fictional romance and storylines, which kept me captivated. I was so interested in the loss of great art I'll be following up by reading the book The Rape of Europa and watching the documentary.

May 31, 2010

Max, son of a legendary Paris art dealer, grows up to see WWII change his privileged life to one of hiding and the loss of all the artwork his family owns as the Nazis systematically try to appropriate artwork for art's sake and anything Jewish as a matter of course. One person who stands in the way is the remarkable Rose Clermont, whose story is based on a real person.

Wonderful first novel.

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