The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith is a novel that tells the story of a 17th century Dutch painter, Sara de Vos, and the impact her work has on the lives of three people in different centuries.
Sara de Vos is a fictional painter, but the book is based on real historical facts and gives a glimpse into the lives of female artists during the Dutch Golden Age. The novel is divided into three sections, each telling the story from the perspective of a different character.
The first section is set in the 17th century and tells the story of Sara de Vos, a talented painter who struggles to make a name for herself in a male-dominated society. Despite the challenges she faces, Sara’s work is eventually recognized and appreciated by a select few, including a wealthy merchant who becomes her patron.
The second section takes place in the 1950s and tells the story of Ellie Shipley, an art forger who creates a fake version of Sara de Vos’ painting “At the Edge of a Wood.” Ellie’s actions have a profound impact on the painting’s owner, Marty de Groot, who is a wealthy art collector.
The final section is set in the present day and tells the story of Marty’s granddaughter, Amy de Groot, who is an art historian. She becomes obsessed with uncovering the truth about the painting and the people involved in its history.
The Last Painting of Sara de Vos is a beautifully written novel that explores themes of art, identity, and the power of a single work of art to affect the lives of many. Smith has done an excellent job of bringing the past to life and creating compelling characters whose stories are intertwined in unexpected ways. This book is a must-read for fans of historical fiction and art lovers alike.