Katherine Keenum


A blog about how paintings, photographs, and prints have helped me visualize my fiction—both Where the Light Falls and works-in-progress—with a hope that they will stimulate other writers and readers, too.

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An American woman art student meets a Civil War veteran in Belle Époque Paris.

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New York 1911

July 15, 2017

Tags: New York landmark

Website alert: Only one week left! Through July 21, 2017, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City has up a superb nine-minute restored video of harbor, elevated railway, and streets scenes from New York in 1911.

Bouguereau’s Nymphs and Satyr

November 17, 2014

Tags: Bouguereau, New York landmark

A painting of Nymphs and Satyrs by William Adolphe Bouguereau lies in one of the oddball overlaps between my research for ANONYMITY and Where the Light Falls. In the published novel, Bouguereau is Jeanette’s teacher at the Académie Julian, and I saw his painting often when I visited the galleries while working in the library at The Clark. What you see here, however, (more…)

Lone tenement

October 2, 2014

Tags: Bellows, New York landmark, apartments

The effects of rebuilding in Paris were very much in evidence when Jeanette arrived there in 1878. Even more visible were the effects of New York's growth in 1908. (more…)