Reviewed by Poppy Johnson
The Pen and the Brush by Anka Muhlstein is full of surprises. Apparently, – and unbeknownst to me – nineteenth-century French novelists were best buds with the painters of their era. The novelists turned out to be the front line critics of those famous painters–and those edgy painters were a big influence on the famous novelists of their time as well.
This story is more of an outline of the painters and novelists of the nineteenth century, and offers a snapshot into their lives and influences.