By Alain Elkann

Because the results of a sequence of fortuitous encounters and situations, the Italian author Giacomo Longhi falls sufferer to an obsessive interest concerning the well-known English artist Julian Sax. He want to meet Sax, however the nice painter is surrounded by means of a virtually impenetrable protecting display. The writer’s spouse, the fascinating and sensuous Rossa, ultimately takes him to a tea room in London, the place Sax spends a number of hours of every day followed by means of his teenagers, versions and buddies. The narrator starts off to worry that his spouse Rossa may well succumb to the charms of this seductive guy, who draws ladies, paints them after which discards them. In an unpredictable series of occasions, Elkann weaves a desirable internet that blends truth and fiction, and attracts the reader into the lives of characters who will end up not easy to overlook.

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Had I been afraid that he may possibly humiliate me with a refusal? yet wasn’t it extra humiliating, in entrance of Rossa and Sole, to have lacked the braveness to move and contact him? That guy intimidated me, made me think insecure, paralysed me. i do know that this didn’t topic to Sole, yet I had realised that Rossa used to be lower than Sax’s spell and, if he have been more youthful, she may need fallen in love with him. yet what did age topic? Sax had erotic episodes, amorous affairs, with very younger women. He might take them to his studio the place he seduced them, painted them, and left them. Why did he do that? Why did he have to seduce ladies quite a bit? the reality used to be that I didn’t make touch with him simply because i used to be afraid that even Rossa may need fallen into the web solid via that werewolf. What if he had steered that he paint her portrait? even perhaps Sole, who regularly mentioned him in disparaging phrases, may need authorized. I couldn’t endure the belief of my spouse or daughter sitting for him. greater to eliminate this obsession and placed it out of brain. overlook Sax. half 3 girls 1 manhattan I replaced MY brain on interpreting the hot York occasions, the place i discovered a evaluation of an exhibition of Sax’s paintings on the Sidney Wallace Gallery. no longer many work: the portrait of the black girl, an officer of the Queen’s Grenadier Guards sprawling in a chair, the artist’s white puppy, a unadorned male good friend mendacity on a mattress, his pregnant daughter, a bit grandchild … i used to be curious to determine if the daughter and the grandson have been those we had visible in London at Tony’s or if it was once Lidia with my good friend Paul’s son. We went to go to Sidney Wallace. He bought us in his place of work: a major room with 3 desks and sofas. We stated Sax at once. I instructed him how I had Sax numerous instances to indicate that he carry an exhibition in Venice or provide me an interview. I didn’t say that we had visible him two times at Tony’s and that i hadn’t dared converse to him. Wallace wouldn’t have understood my lack of confidence. Nor was once there any have to converse up in Rossa’s presence, simply because she can have burdened my hesitance with my tendency to voyeurism. with out hesitation, Wallace acknowledged: “Not to fret, if Julian is stand-offish and doesn’t are looking to speak there’s not anything own approximately it. He has no time for interviews. He lives like a monk, and thinks in simple terms of portray. He works early within the morning, then takes a holiday for lunch, has a snooze and is going again to paintings until eventually the small hours. He doesn’t are looking to see an individual, he by no means provides interviews, and he doesn’t even attend the openings of his exhibitions. you want to take him as he comes. he's obsessive and unpredictable. for instance, he hates funds but he earns piles of it. ” “How a lot is one in every of his work worthy this day? ” “It relies, yet I’d say a number of million cash. yet I repeat, he wastes funds. For years he performed the casinos and the horses only for the thrill of wasting. you recognize, now not goodbye in the past, in Paris, he took a posh to a guy whose face intrigued him. He began to paint his portrait yet then, suddenly, he replaced his brain.

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