Alias Olympia (Paperback)

By Eunice Lipton

Cornell University Press, 9780801486098, 192pp.

Publication Date: February 15, 1999

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Eunice Lipton was a fledging art historian when she first became intrigued by Victorine Meurent, the nineteenth-century model who appeared in Edouard Manet's most famous paintings, only to vanish from history in a haze of degrading hearsay. But had this bold and spirited beauty really descended into prostitution, drunkenness, and early death--or did her life, hidden from history, take a different course altogether? Eunice Lipton's search for the answer combines the suspense of a detective story with the revelatory power of art, peeling off layers of lies to reveal startling truths about Victorine Meurent--and about Lipton herself.

About the Author

A distinguished art historian, Eunice Lipton is the author of Looking into Degas: Uneasy Images of Women and Modern Life and, most recently, French Seduction: An American's Encounter with France, Her Father and the Holocaust. She divides her time between New York City and Paris.