As she lays out her detailed account of each painter interwoven chronologically with each of the others, Roe allows you to live with these people. The quiet and harmony of the country garden one of them managed to keep for a while is a much stronger oasis when you are aware of all of the noise and cold that is just outside the walls. Wars open up into new creativity, some long romances turn into steady marriages while others crumble into social necessity.
Each hardship along with each excited achievement fills out this picture of a group of men and women tied to each other, needing the others to succeed, striving to explore their craft together and yet make their own private worlds at the same time.
And that is what grabs me: the tightrope walk of failing everyday for what drives you.
Now to paint...