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Kathleen O'Connor of Paris
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Amanda Curtin
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Kathleen O'Connor of Paris

Amanda Curtin


Fremantle Arts Centre Prs

The Arts: General & Reference;
Biography: arts & entertainment;
Travel & holiday


320 pages

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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Kathleen O'Connor - a New Zealander by birth, a tutor in Perth, a painter in Paris. Although somewhat peripatetic in nature, she considered Paris to be her spiritual home. An impressionist painter before and during WWII, her story is one of singular will and determination. Daughter of the famous engineer, C Y O'Connor, who later suicided, she would never feel entirely comfortable in Australia. Novelist Amanda Curtin retraces the artist's footsteps, immersing herself in the world and the times in which O'Connor lived. Illustrated with many of the artist's works, this book reinforces her place in the history of Australian Art. Greg Waldron


What does it mean to live a life in pursuit of art?

In 1906, Kathleen O’Connor left conservative Perth, where her famous father’s life had ended in tragedy. She had her sights set on a career in thrilling, bohemian Paris. More than a century later, novelist Amanda Curtin faces her own questions, of life and of art, as she embarks on a journey in Kate’s footsteps.

Part biography, part travel narrative, this is the story of an artist in a foreign land who, with limited resources and despite the impacts of war and loss, worked and exhibited in Paris for over forty years. Kate’s distinctive figure paintings, portraits and still lifes, highly prized today, form an inseparable part of the telling.

By:   Amanda Curtin
Imprint:   Fremantle Arts Centre Prs
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 232mm,  Width: 155mm,  Spine: 29mm
Weight:   556g
ISBN:   9781925591644
ISBN 10:   1925591646
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   October 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Amanda Curtin is the author of novels Elemental (2013) and The Sinkings (2008), and short story collection Inherited (2011). Her award-winning short fiction has appeared in Griffith Review, Southerly, Island, Indigo, Westerly, Review of Australian Fiction and several anthologies. She has also worked as a book editor for many years. Amanda lives in Perth with her husband and an opinionated Siamese cat, and works in a backyard studio among magpies, doves and old trees.

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