By Lipton, Eunice; Manet, Édouard; Meurent, Victorine; Lipton, Eunice; Meurent, Victorine; Manet, Édouard
Eunice Lipton used to be a fledging paintings historian while she first grew to become intrigued through Victorine Meurent, the nineteenth-century version who seemed in Edouard Manet's most famed work, in basic terms to fade from background in a haze of degrading rumour. yet had this daring and lively good looks fairly descended into prostitution, drunkenness, and early death-or did her existence, hidden from background, take a distinct path altogether? Eunice Lipton's look for the reply combines the suspense of a detective tale with the revelatory energy of paintings, peeling off layers of lies to bare startling truths approximately Victorine Meurent-and approximately Lipton herself
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Many years later, I heard that before I was born, Trudy wanted to leave Louis. His disappearing the way he did, the other women, the nastiness. His own brother, the one who later died in Spain, urged her to do it: "Louis's a mean man, a weak man, Trudy. " Trudy didn't leave Louis. She left her children. When I was three my mother took me to my father's parents, who owned a roominghouse in a little town called Hurleyville in upstate New York. It was quiet in the car as we drove. My mother was wearing a nice suit and a pretty hat.
We found corners in our small , crowded apartments, and half hours on the train to school; often we'd sit in movie houses alone. We spun our fantasies into gold. There was a sense of equality among us then, boys and girls alike. I think it was the neutering that made us equal, even in the eyes of our professors. The fact is that no matter what the 1950s are known for, at City we were not playing house. I knew no one who resembled Jimmy Stewart or June Allyson. We had no idea why we were so sluggish, why we felt so doomed and sad, so woefully dragged down.
We nodded at the mailboxes in the narrow, tunnel-like passageway leading to the garden. Often I had the impression that he rubbed up against me, maybe accidentally. It made me uncomfortable, but I didn't know what to say. I had the feeling he knew exactly how 35 ALIAS OLYMPIA many visitors I had in my room, and what I did with them. One day, he invited me to have a drink in his apartment. I accepted. Trying to be cool, I sat down. He said, "Look, I want to help you. " Where, in God's name, did this animal come off asking me such a question?