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Art Of Reading Book Club: 'How To Paint A Dead Man'


  • WHEN Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 10 a.m.
  • WHERE San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, San Diego
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  • AGES All ages
  • COST Free - $12

Join a discussion of Sarah Hall's How to Paint a Dead Man with Marilyn Woods, Museum docent, and a docent-led tour of the Museum's Old Masters and European art collection, including Juan Sánchez Cotán's Quince, Cabbage, Melon, and Cucumber.

Featuring an extended description of Cotán's work, How to Paint a Dead Man weaves together the lives of four disparate individuals through the prism of a still life painting, and a study of the place of art in one's life.

Spanning four decades and two countries, the novel begins with the creation of a dying artists' last painting, and draws together the narratives of four individuals including: a dying artist considering the sacrifices and losses he has made throughout his career; his favorite student, who tends to his grave and grasps for a way and means of understanding the world; to decades later, a landscape painter who is tied to the painter through unanswered letters and parallel actions; and his daughter, a curator in London, coping with the death of her brother.

Following the book club, join in a docent lead tour relevant to the book you just read.

Cost: Free for members | $12 nonmembers. Reservations recommended. Contact Tess Crump at or call 619-696-1941 to RSVP.

San Diego Museum of Art
1450 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
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