The latest book from Stephane Levallois is a grand fantasy set inside Paris' Musée d'Orsay. Once again his art and storytelling is topnotch.
From the publisher:
What would d'Orsay be without its women? Venus rising from the waves, Degas' dancers, Gauguin's wahines. Women have inspired and dictated aesthetics since the world began. In the Musée d'Orsay they are legion. But now the muses of d'Orsay have disappeared. The paintings of Ingres, Bouguereau, Gérôme, Lautrec, Picasso, Puvis de Chavanne...as if stripped naked, they've lost their women, leaving only an empty background. Could they have been kidnapped by some evil satyr? What madman, what perverse pleasure-seeker, could have cast a spell on these charming, voluptuous goddesses?
Virgile Gautrey, a museum guard for 30 years, goes in search of the culprit, taking a trip back in time. Searching for clues at the foot of the famous clock, he enters a mysterious magical world. A train appears in what was once the Orsay station. When a masked man embarks. Virgile follows him, embarking on a fantastic journey in search of lost muses. His quest takes him from one gallery to the next, meeting those who shaped the history of Art.