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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2005


    I love her writing. This is a great book. It is worth the price. Enjoy it... I did!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2011

    One of the best historical fictions I've read!

    Elizabeth Robards is an extremely talented story teller. I found this book to be incredibly enjoyable, I just couldn't put it down. Her writing style was so profound that I found myself underlying text, I've never before done that with fiction. Great great great rendition of history.
    I look forward to reading more by Robards.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    delightful portrait of an impressionist artist ahead of her times

    In 1868 in the Louvre, Berthe Morisot practices painting by copying the masters. Usually she is accompanied by her sister and her mother, but today she is alone except for her friend Rosalie Riesener. Another friend, Monsieur Fantin joins the two young women and introduces them to renowned artist Edouard Manet. He flirts with Berthe and even changes her drawing slightly though she lectures him for doing so.--- Berthe is attracted to Edouard, but is horrified to learn her new admirer is married to pianist Suzanne. The budding female artist also meets Edouard¿s brother Eugene; soon the siblings compete for the affection of Berthe. Will she choose the single brother, the famous married brother, or neither brother?--- WITH VIOLETS is an intriguing work of fiction that provides insight into an interesting late nineteenth century artist (Berthe that is) and her relationships with the Manet brothers. Berthe is the focus of the story line as she seems attracted to Edouard but ultimately marry Eugene. Did she love Edouard or was that hero worship? Genre fans will gain a taste for Left Bank Paris during the impressionist period as Elizabeth Robards paints a delightful portrait of an impressionist artist ahead of her times.--- Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted October 17, 2008

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    This is an engaging historical biographical fiction

    In 1868 Paris, they have seen one another at the Louvre; they have nodded hello in passing, but not talk. She knows who he is as he is perhaps the most famous painter in the world while she is a novice in comparison. Finally a few weeks later his friend Monsieur Fantin introduces artist Rosalie Reisener and impressionist painter Berthe Morisot to the great artist Edouard Manet, who invites the latter back to his studio. <BR/><BR/>Over the next few years he paints several portraits of her including her in a black hat WITH VIOLETS. They become friends and lovers although he is married. Their affair is risky until it is finally exposed.<BR/><BR/>This is an engaging historical biographical fiction of Berthe Morisot whose contemporaries thought nothing of her work and more of her modeling for Manet; her work is now considered some of the best of the French impressionists. However, WITH VIOLETS focuses on her relationship with Manet and not much on her art. Still this is a well written enjoyable fictionalized account of Berthe Morisot starting from the moment she first saw Manet.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

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