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The Underpainter

ebook / ISBN-13: 9780857053183

Price: £4.49

ON SALE: 18th September 2014

Genre: The Arts / Art Forms / Painting & Paintings

The Underpainter is a novel of interwoven lives in which the world of art collides with the realm of human emotion. It is the story of Austin Fraser, an American painter now in his later years, who is haunted by memories of those whose lives most deeply touched his own, including a young Canadian soldier and china painter and the beautiful model who becomes Austin’s mistress. Spanning decades, the setting moves from upstate New York to the northern shores of two Great Lakes; from France in World War One to New York City in the ’20s and ’30s.

Brilliantly depicting landscape and the geography of the imagination, The Underpainter is Jane Urquhart’s most accomplished novel to date.


'Elegant and unpretentious ... an absorbing, beautifully cadenced novel' Daily Telegraph.
Daily Telegraph
'Brave, intelligent and vivid' Literary Review.
Literary Review
'Urquhart writes forcefully; her her imagery is vivid, and her evocation of time and place is accomplished and assured' Times Literary Supplement.
Times Literary Supplement