in the time of the Impressionists is a place fueled by power,
wealth and sex. This is the story of Victorine Laurent, whose
beauty, ambition and intelligence catapult her out of poverty
into a successful career as courtesan and artist’s muse.
She is a composite of two fascinating women of that time, Manet’s
model, Victorine Meurent and the tempestuous courtesan, the Countess
seventeen year old Victorine Laurent arrives in Paris from the
provinces, she is introduced to the iconoclastic
young painter, Edouard Manet, the first Impressionist. She
is suddenly thrust into his milieu of social, economic and artistic
upheaval. She gains fame as his model and attracts the attention
and interest of the powerful Philippe de Lyon, advisor to Napoleon
III. Over the course of eight years, her tumultuous relationship
with Manet and her rise in the ranks of Parisian society as
mistress of Philippe de Lyon lead her to the profound discovery
of who she really is and what she truly wants from life.
setting for this tale may be 1860’s Paris in the Second
Empire, but the terror of political enemies, the ambitious pursuit
of wealth, the jealousy of romantic rivals, the journey of personal
discovery are eternal verities for every era.
Interview with Debra Finerman by Allan Hunkin
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