GLIMPSES OF GAUGUIN, a novel in sketches, is the third work of fiction in Maryann D’Agincourt’s Art Fiction series. What is Art Fiction? Maryann D’Agincourt has merged her passions for art and literature into a unique and powerful form of storytelling. Art Fiction is a literary genre in which art is not solely an object, but is a reflection of what is human in all of us. Glimpses of Gauguin is a foremost novel of Art Fiction.
Ms. D’Agincourt has been viewing Paul Gauguin’s masterpiece “Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?” from her early childhood visits to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to the present, providing inspiration for her stunning novel in sketches. GLIMPSES OF GAUGUIN is a coming of age story which follows Jocelyn from childhood to middle age, starting at the moment in her youth when she first hears the name of the mysterious painter, Alex Martaine, whispered by her parents. Jocelyn, her art-loving mother, and her literary father, each has a unique relationship with the artist, and he does, in ways Jocelyn could never imagine, turn each of their lives around. Reflecting the themes evident in Paul Gauguin’s painting, Ms D’Agincourt explores Jocelyn’s growth as a young woman facing the challenges of family life, school, relationships, love and marriage. Jocelyn’s feelings of loss mirror the angst expressed by Gauguin in his masterpiece, and are the catalyst for her life path. As one literary reviewer observes:
“…these moments mirror the feel of childhood and the gradual process of self-realization very well…
A precisely rendered image of a quest to tease out life’s larger meaning.”