Tuesday, June 30, 2009

GIVEAWAY: The Painter From Shanghai

Now that you've read my review of The Painter From Shanghai by Jennifer Cody Epstein I'd love to give you a chance to win your very own paperback edition of the book!

If you need a reminder here's some information about the book.

TLC Book Tours:

Reminiscent of Memoirs of a Geisha, a re-imagining of the life of Pan Yuliang and her transformation from prostitute to post-Impressionist.

Down the muddy waters of the Yangtze River and into the seedy backrooms of “The Hall of Eternal Splendor,” through the raucous glamour of prewar Shanghai and the bohemian splendor of 1920s Paris, and back to a China ripped apart by civil war and teetering on the brink of revolution: this novel tells the story of Pan Yuliang, one of the most talented
—and provocative—Chinese artists of the twentieth century.

Jennifer Cody Epstein’s epic brings to life the woman behind the lush, Cezannesque nude self-portraits, capturing with lavish detail her life in the brothel and then as a concubine to a Republican official who would ultimately help her find her way as an artist. Moving with the tide of historical events, The Painter from Shanghai celebrates a singularly daring painting style—one that led to fame, notoriety, and, ultimately, a devastating choice: between Pan’s art and the one great love of her life.

Onto the rules!

To win a paperback copy of The Painter From Shanghai leave a comment sharing one artist who's life story has interested you and why.

For 1 additional entry post/blog about this giveaway and leave a separate comment telling me you have done so.

The giveaway is open to addresses within the U.S.

Please leave a way for me to contact you if you are the winner!

The giveaway will end July 14th at 11:59 pm Central Time.


  1. Hmm, I think I'll say Beatrix Potter - I've always loved her work and became fascinated by her background after seeing an exhibit on her at the Musee d'Orsay. Thanks for the great giveaway. milou2ster(at)gmail.com

  2. Anonymous4:31 PM

    The lives of many artists fascinate me, but I'll say Frida Kahlo — her art always seemed gruesome and dark to me, but when I watched a movie about her life story, and I realized that so much of that darkness depicted in her art was autobiographical, it helped me understand/appreciate her art so much more.

    Thanks for the great giveaway, I've wanted to read this book since I first heard about it.

    WordLily AT gmail DOT com

  3. Lee Krasner. Her work was brilliant but overshadowed by Jackson Pollock


  4. I posted this on my blog

  5. Definitely Frida Kahlo. I saw a documentary on her when I was in college and have bought many books about her life and art.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    jgbeads at gmail dot com

  6. Picaso. He is actually my great great great great x100 grandfather. Totaly true. My dad goes on and on about him and his life story is practically like a soap.

  7. Of late, the story of Mary Cassatt has interested me. She's been called one of the greatest female painters of all time. She overcame the prejudices and problems a female artist had to face because she believed in herself and her art. asthenight at gmail dot com

  8. Georgia O'Keeffe - I love her flower paintings and I like how she paints things that might be amiss by many people. I still look at her work in awe. In comparison to other artist, I find her work to be more modern, more attune to the world around her

    & also Edward Hopper, I love the stillness of his work, as if time has stopped for him to capture that every day, mundane moment and the subtle colors seem to add to the loneliness of the surroundings

  9. Frieda Kahlo. The inspiration for her paintings came from bad things that really happened to her. I had to learn about her in Spanish class and she had a really tragic life but still managed to use that to create art.


  10. Anonymous10:21 PM

    I really admire Monet for his breath taking work and Camille Claudel


  11. Van Gogh. I've always wondered if his madness was genius or just insanity. His life story is so interesting.


  12. Anonymous10:30 PM

    I also like the work of Camille Claudel and Rodin
    their sculptures live on forever along with their interesting stories.
    e-mail: bananas_harajukugirl@yahoo.com

  13. Rose Red5:06 AM

    It would be a toss up between Frida Kahlo and Georgia O'Keefe and why my interest? I suppose because they were women who in some way blazed trails for women to come.

    espressogurl at hotmail dot com

  14. Awesome giveaway :)

    One of my favorite artist, whose life I've always been interested in is Joan Miro, an abstract artist.


  15. I am a fan of Wilson Rohan. His works depicting Minnesota and its history are very appealing to me


  16. Jackson Pollack has always been a favorite of mine because he is so diverse and abstract and his story is also very interesting.

    madamerkf at aol dot com

  17. Frida Kahlo Has always interested me. Her horrible accident in her youth and her marriage to diego rivera and her dark paintings. Very interesting.

  18. I've always liked Monet's art, and I know nothing about him, so I would be interested in learning more about him.

    akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com

  19. I've always been so captivated by Salvador Dali. I just love that his mind seems to work so differently from other people's - he has such a beautiful imagination.

    Thanks for the giveaway, I posted a link on my blog: confessionsofawanderingheart.blogspot.com

  20. I watched Anthony Hopkins in Surviving Picasso and found myself fascinated with Picasso's life.

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

  21. GRANDMA MOSES because she did not let her age get in the way of painting and doing something she loved

  22. Frida Kalho most definitly influential and inspiring. She endured so much physical and emotional trauma, was such an amazing person, and managed to create amazing things from the depths of pain.

  23. Morning. :)

    I am not a big art person but there is a particular one that comes to mind for me personally: Steve Hanks.

    He does these incredible pictures with children and angels. Check him oout on the internet. My favorite that I have in my home is called Candle in the Wind. It really speaks to me.

    journey through books @ gmail (dot) com

  24. Vincent Van Gogh. I find is art so inspriing and his life fascinating, though tragic.


  25. Salvador Dali! He just had an interesting life and art!

  26. Rebecca Cox8:34 AM

    Since you said Artist and not Painter, I would have to say Ansel Adams. He spent his life looking for the perfect light. He photographed the same scenes hundreds of times but they were never the same. If you study his work, you can see how it progresses and changes so much over the years, yet you can see the same mountains, rocks, cactus, it is just amazing.

    As to painter, there are so many, Agam, Picasso, Miro, Dali and all are fascinating.
    rebecca dot cox at charter dot net

  27. Rebecca Cox8:34 AM

    I tweeted at ccqdesigns
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  28. I have always been fascinated by Mary Cassatt -- her work is wonderful and she had a very interesting life!


  29. Modigliani--there is an excellent movie starring Andy Garcia. It's so hard to read about how self-destructive he was.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  30. Caravaggio art work like that has to come from an extraordinary mind I have always wanted to learn more.

  31. Anonymous6:27 PM

    I would have to say Picasso. I once read about a time when a man went up to him, pulled a photo of his wife from his wallet, and asked Picasso why he didn't draw things how they really are. Picasso replied with something along this lines of, "Isn't she small?"

    He just seems like an interesting guy.



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