Pictures at an Exhibition


I love books (or films) about Paris in the 1930s and 40s, and this debut novel by Sara Houghteling offers a fascinating look at the art world of the time. The subject is a Jewish family of art gallery owners and their fate during the Nazi occupation, continuing with their son’s quest to find his family’s vanished paintings after the war. While the narrative is fiction, it is based on the true stories of the preeminent Parisian art dealing families of the time, and the remarkable tale of a French woman who worked as a double agent inside the Nazi’s stolen art stronghold. 

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