The Secret Life Of The World’s Most Erotic Masterpiece
Release date: July 28, 2020
at Little French Girl Press
2020 Indie B.R.A.G. Medallion Award
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‘L’Origine‘ traces the extraordinary, clandestine odyssey of an iconic 19th century painting that shook up the author’s world and continues to scandalize all who set eyes upon it.
Gustave Courbet’s portrait of a woman’s exposed torso and sex – audaciously entitled ‘L’Origine du monde’ (The Origin of the World) – was so shocking it was kept hidden for a century and a half, surviving revolution, Nazi plunder and the foibles of its eccentric owners.
Today it draws millions of visitors to Paris’ Orsay Museum. Lilianne Milgrom brings a fresh, feminine perspective to an iconic work of art created specifically for the male gaze.
‘L’Origine‘ offers readers more than a riveting romp through history–it also reflects society’s complex attitude towards female nudity.
NB: this is a historical novel, no explicit scenes
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Paris-born Lilianne Milgrom
is an award-winning international artist,
writer on the arts and author.
Her art can be found in both private and institutional collections
around the world
and her articles have been published in
Huffington Post, Daily Art Magazine, Ceramics Now and Bonjour Paris.
Her 5-star, bestselling novel ‘L’Origine‘ is the result of ten years of research
and was accepted into the Historical Novel Society.
Lilianne lives in Washington DC with her husband.
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To think I’d never even heard of this one! Nor of the Indie B.R.A.G. Medallion Awards, for that matter. Thanks for spotlighting this, will definitely take a look because I do like reading about art history.
So many books coming from small presses are excellent, but we hardly hear about them. If you love art and history, I actually just posted another tour, now it’s about Edouard Manet and Victorine Meurent. I would be delighted if you joined the tour to review the book in March-April: https://francebooktours.com/2021/01/28/drema-drudge-on-tour-victorine/
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This sounds very good and interesting to me.
All the reviews were fabulous during the tour, you should definitely try it
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