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This book has been on my shelf for years, so I randomly picked it up with low expectations, looking for something calm, easy and historical, and was immediately drawn in to author Susan Vreeland s imaginary tale of a 17th century Dutch painting, assumed to be the work of master Johannes Vermeer, and its journey through the centuries Girl In Hyacinth Blue is a series of tightly interwoven short stories that make a complete novel Each story is its own time capsule, taking us backward through eight owners personal histories and emotional ties to the painting, and each story becomes a bit compelling as we near the creation of the painting itself Along the way, a mystery develops about the parentage of a swaddled newborn left inside a skiff with the painting and a cryptic, hand scrawled message Sell the painting Feed the child The resolution of this mystery was perfect An entertaining escapist read with beautifully written characters and Netherlands landscapes and heartily recommended to anyone who liked Girl With A Pearl Earring or who appreciates stories about the timeless, personal power of art Now it became clear to her what made her love the girl in the painting It was her quietness A painting, after all, can t speak Yet she felt this girl, sitting inside a room but looking out, was probably quiet by nature, like she was But that didn t mean the girl didn t want anything Her face told her she probably wanted something so deep or so remote that she never dared breathe it but was thinking about it there by the window Hannah Vredenburg Girl in Hyacinth Blue tells the story of a painting by the Dutch painter Vermeer, as it passes from one owner to another Interestingly, the story is told in reverse chronological order, beginning with the math teacher who, at present time, hides the painting in his home, to the girl in the painting and her wishes to become an artist herself I thought the book kept getting better and better as it travels back in history to reveal the effects the painting had on each owner They all find some connection between it and their own lives, though the reasons for the connections vary drastically However, the act of giving up the painting is difficult for all they struggle with it but know that selling giving away the painting must be done out of necessity. [Free Kindle] ⚇ Girl in Hyacinth Blue ☮ A Professor Invites A Colleague From The Art Department To His Home To View A Painting He Has Kept Secret For Decades In Susan Vreeland S Powerful Historical Novel, Girl In Hyacinth Blue The Professor Swears It S A Vermeer But Why Exactly Has He Kept It Hidden So Long The Reasons Unfold In A Gripping Sequence Of Stories That Trace Ownership Of The Work Back To Amsterdam During World War II And Still Further To The Moment Of The Painting S Inception This is a story of a Vermeer painting, beginning with it s present owner and tracing back through about five owners and finally to the artist while painting the picture.This was a great read very original and interesting I loved the strong characters in this little book, I ve read it at least twice.The prose was well written and flowed beautifully from story to story Just a wonderful book.Recommend for all fans of beautifully written historical fiction A previously undiscovered Vermeer is revealed and the author traces its ownership back in time to its origination Each owner or custodian has a slightly different reason for wanting to keep the painting, and different reasons for letting it go Each time it changes hands, the owner is pained to part with it And still, for everyone it represents longing and wishes unfulfilled. I bought this book around 2008 to 2010 I just stored it in my box of books and never even bother to read it Then I found this while I was sorting box recently I never expected that I was deeply engrossed in the stories most especially Morningshine, From the Personal Papers of Adriaan Kuypers and Still Life This is one of those books that is a page turner and you ll still definitely love to read after several years have passed. This entry will be out of the ordinary I wrote GIRL IN HYACINTH BLUE,and somehow it appeared in the wrong place on Goodreads I can t seem to remove it, so I might as well supply a review.NEW YORK TIMESDecember 19, 1999Picture This A novel of a haunting painting and its effect on a succession of owners over three centuries Girl in Hyacinth Blue, by Susan Vreelandby Katy EmckSusan Vreeland s second novel, Girl in Hyacinth Blue, may be a book about a painting, but it is never content with surfaces Tracing the influence of one extraordinary picture on a succession of human lives, it touches gently yet thoughtfully on such weighty topics as the immortality of a great artwork and the ways in which art can be used for various ends In the course of her explorations, Vreeland covers a lot of time and space Girl in Hyacinth Blue begins in present day America and ends in the 17th century Netherlands, scrolling backward as each chapter accounts for the painting s role in the life of one of its owners Among other things, Vreeland has given us an art detective story, since the early chapters suggest that this marvelous painting a portrait of a young girl whose face seems to be filled with dreams and longings may be a lost Vermeer When we first encounter it, the picture is hidden from view, its possession the dark secret of a lonely mathematician whose father looted it from a Dutch Jewish family that he then sent to die in a concentration camp Horrified by his father s crimes, he worships the painting with obsessional fervor, fearing that if anyone sees it, the secret of its provenance will come to light But, as is the way with such things, he also feels compelled to show off his trophy The chapter that displays the mathematician s solitary, guilt filled pleasure is followed by another that provides a lively view of the close knit Jewish family from whom the painting was stolen and particularly of the young daughter who identifies with its subject, a girl just about her own age This sequence establishes the pattern for the book s structure each chapter stands on its own, a marvel of economy, yet also builds on the knowledge the reader has already gained Vreeland is especially good at conveying the tensions that arise among her characters but go largely unspoken She is also adept at capturing the differing sensibilities of various historical periods, working unobtrusively and successfully avoiding a contrived period feel In the process, she provides her own nicely sketched gallery of portraits a frivolous Frenchwoman marooned in a loveless marriage in the 19th century Netherlands an 18th century farmer s wife hungering for beauty in the midst of the flat Dutch countryside and an Enlightenment scientist who embarks on an affair with a superstitious serving girl In all these episodes, the painting is pivotal, both in a practical and a spiritual sense The aristocratic Frenchwoman hates all things Dutch except the girl in the painting because she recognizes in her a sense of hope that she herself has lost The farmer s wife loves the same girl because she symbolizes a serene loveliness that is unattainable for people who labor in the fields In the end, each woman is forced to sell the painting so that each, in her own very different way, can survive But for each of them, the possession of Girl in Hyacinth Blue leads to profound changes This conflict of the spiritual and the practical comes to dominate the final chapters of the novel in which the exigencies of the painter s life are movingly brought to the fore Like many of its predecessors, the penultimate chapter is filled with a sense of tenderness, of gratitude for the gift of life a mood that doesn t cloy because it is accompanied by a clear evocation of the daily stresses of loving and living But the crowning chapter is the final one, which introduces the girl in the picture and provides a glimpse of what is actually going on behind those dreamy eyes Throughout Girl in Hyacinth Blue, Vreeland strikes a pleasant balance between the timeless world of the painting as a work of art and the finite worlds of its possessors and admirers not to mention the world of its subject and its creator Intelligent, searching and unusual, the novel is filled with luminous moments like the painting it describes so well, it has a way of lingering in the reader s mind.Katy Emck is a freelance reviewer based in London. I liked this gentle story very much We follow an imaginary painting back in time We first see it hanging on the wall in a Math teacher s house The teacher is enigmatic and strange, and his story reveals the shady nature of the acquisition of this painting by his father in Amsterdam And we don t know is it, or is it not by the Master Jan Vermeer We are taken slowly back in time, until we arrive at the moment that the painting was created, first in the mind of the artist and then on canvas The backwards structure reminded me of People of the Book, but I preferred this book, which was written almost ten years earlier The painting itself, or perhaps its anima, is the narrator of the story and witnesses the horrors of the Second World War, a flood in 17th Century Holland, the childhood of the girl who posed for the portrait I loved the descriptions of life in The Hague in the 18th Century, Delft in the 17th Century I was left feeling that this was a perfectly true story and I cared very much about all of the characters and about the painting And of course I adore Vermeer I grew up down the street from the Metropolitan Museum in New York How could I not like Vermeer This one is my favorite It s not at all the subject of the Girl in Hyacinth Blue the imaginary painting, I mean , but I thought of it immediately when I started reading.Film to see again All the Vermeers in New York by Jan Jost. Art lovers will probably enjoy this book Historical fiction, art and art history, good writing, combined for a good read I ve read several of her books and this may be my favorite I would compare it to Tracy Chevalier s Just arrived from Italy, kindly sent by Hayes, through BM.This book is a collection of 8 short stories describing the story of Vermeer, the famous 17th century Dutch painter A splendid and delightful book.1 Love enough 2 Night different from all other nights3 Adagia4 Hyacinth blues Girl in Hyacinth Blue5 Morningshine 6 From the personal papers of Adriaan Kuypers 7 Still life The Little StreetThe View of DelftGirl Reading a Letter by an open windowThe MilkmaidChrist in the House of Mary and Martha8 Magdalena looking.Some interesting links about Vermeer Johannes Vermeer The Art, Paintings and Life of Jan Vermeer Van Delft Johannes Vermeer s influence and inspirationEssential VermeerJohannes Vermeer, a review by Mark Haden