'This is the most beautifully written book about the processes associated with the art of painting that I have read in a long, long time. . . The voice is Modjeska's authentic own: consistently passionate, intelligent, reflective and wise.'-Stephen Scheding, Sydney Morning HeraldStella Bowen and Grace Cossington Smith were born a year apart, in the antipodean autumns of 1893 and 1892 respectively. Beyond this fact their lives were very different. One was a good cook; the other was not. One left Australia on the eve of the First World War and lived the rest of her life in Europe; the other lived for decades in the same house on the outskirts of Sydney. For one Paris and famous names; for the other the quiet life of a provincial suburb. One went off to find a life of art; the art of the other grew out of the life she lived. The bohemian and the spinster. They are like mirror images of each other.Already a bestseller in hardback, "Stravinsky's Lunch" is both a continuation of Drusilla Modjeska's previous work and an exciting new departure, and explores the ways in which love, art, and life intersect.
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STRAVINSKY'S LUNCHUser Review - Kirkus
A scholarly study of two obscure Australian painters, and not (as the title promises) of a Russian composer's diet.Australian writer Modjeska (The Orchard, not reviewed) starts off with good ... Read full review
Stravinsky's lunchUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
First published in Australia and Canada in 1999, this is a well-written and journalistic flesh-out study of two completely different modernist Australian women artists by an Australian writer. Stella ... Read full review