Fiction. Art History. In Nathaniel Popkin's novel LION AND LEOPARD, the tragic demise of John Lewis Krimmel marks a flashpoint point between the young artist's European-influenced Romanticism and the Philadelphia art establishment long dominated by the formidable portraitist Charles Willson Peale. Peale's single-minded crusade to define American art through a dogma of reason and moral clarity clashes with the self-taught Krimmel's subversive notion that art must seduce the viewer—not lecture her—and it must touch the realm of the unknown. But how far will Krimmel go to spread his heresy? Spurned by Peale and his son Rembrandt, Krimmel aligns himself with the black sheep of the Peale family, Raphaelle, a master of deception. When Krimmel finishes a painting so intriguing that it is acquired by the art collector Joseph Bonaparte, brother of Napoleon, Krimmel is accused by his powerful enemies of being a fraud. This sets off a maelstrom of events leading to a tragic fire, accusations of plagiarism, and a fateful confrontation with Peale that will have unthinkable consequences. Throughout these clashes between fathers and sons, peers and rivals, lovers and mentors, Popkin uses a vibrant framework of collected fictional narratives to illuminate for the reader a pivotal period when American art and culture were in their infancy.
|Publisher:||Head & The Hand Press, The|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Nathaniel Popkin is an author, editor, film writer, architecture and literary critic, journalist, and historian. Since the 2002 publication of his first book, Song of the City: An Intimate History of the American Urban Landscape, (Four Walls, Eight Windows-Basic Books), and continuing into his role as co-editor of the Hidden City Daily and writer of the film series "Philadelphia: The Great Experiment," he has been a distinctive voice in the conversation about cities: past, present and future. LION AND LEOPARD (The Head and The Hand Press, 2013) is his third book and first novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The reader,immersed in 19c Philadelphia, sits in taverns,walks the cobblestone streets, overhears conversations, and can't help but take sides in the competition between self taught and academy schooled painters. Popkin mingles historical research and rich language, well drawn characters, and knowledge of where urban life in America began. A good read!