Dee Sleign is an art historian who wants to write a thesis about the relation between drugs and art. Her boyfriend, Mike, tells her to see and old man who had good friendship with some artists like Modigliani. The man tells Dee the story of an unknown painting by Modigliani that might be in an italian town. She decides to look for it thinking in all the benefits of finding it, economical and for her thesis.
Being an enthusiastic girl, she sends a postcard to her uncle Charles informing him of the unknown Modigliani. Her uncle is the owner of an art gallery so he decides to look for it without advising his niece.
Uncle Charles won’t be the only one interested in the painting besides Dee. A young man, named Julian Black, will want it as the central piece of his new art gallery.
In the meanwhile, in London,two men are planning to deceive the best art galleries.
I think this is an entertaining and agile reading novel. One of the arguments was interesting; it’s true that when an artist dies, his/her work is more valued. Perhaps the artist wasn’t popular but after his/her death that fact changes in some cases. The galleries are the ones who win the money that the artist deserved and probably needed.
I agree with the author’s introduction. There are a lot of external factors which determine our destiny and that we can’t control. He wanted to tell something specific with this story but the readers didn’t understand it. At the beginning he considered this as a failure but with time he changed his mind because that proved his thoughts were right.