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Sep 22, 2010

Read a sensitive artist’s portrait

Whether or not you are familiar with the work of Clarice Beckett, this sensitive novel about that talented young painter will captivate. Kabita Dhara reviews Kristel Thornell's Night Street.

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Whether or not you are familiar with the work of Clarice Beckett, this sensitive novel about that talented young painter will captivate. A passionate artist who lived her life as a spinster in her parents’ home, this inspiring woman defied accepted ideas of what and how women should paint, and went on to create her unique, mysterious and haunting landscapes.

Kristel Thornell’s Night Street explores the beginning of Beckett’s career and her tutelage under Max Meldrum, the one person who most influenced her work. It also delves into Beckett’s relationships with her constantly ill parents, and her affairs with two married men.

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