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Pierre Bonnard exhibition `The Colour of Memory' scheduled at Tate Modern (Jan-May 2019)

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Gabriel Josipovici was born in Nice in 1940 of Russo-Italian, Romano-Levantine parents. He lived in Egypt from 1945 to 1956, when he came to Britain. He read English at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, graduating with a First in 1961. From 1963 to 1998 he taught at the University of Sussex. He is the author of sixteen novels, three volumes of short stories, eight critical works, and numerous stage and radio plays, and is a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement. His plays have been performed throughout Britain and on radio in Britain, France and Germany, and his work has been translated into the major European languages and Arabic.

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This mannered book tells more about the frustrated and pitiful existences of Bonnard's wife and daughter than about the impressionist painter himself, who, from the women's view, considered them both still lifes to be positioned and repositioned in the best light. In this sad household, it seems that only the petsincluding a series of dachshunds named Freddyenjoy themselves as they follow their mistresses from chair to chair. Written crisply and with visual clarity, this disturbing narrative has a texture reminiscent of impressionist style and evokes scenes and moods from Bonnard's best-known works. (May)

`Josipovici proves himself once again to be one of the very best writers now at work in the English language.' - The Guardian

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