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Janet Venn-Brown: A Life in Art

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Australian painter Janet Venn-Brown has led an extraordinary life. Moving to Rome in the early 1960s, she joined a circle of intellectuals and artists, began exhibiting her work and fell in love with Palestinian activist Wael Zuaiter. When Zuaiter was murdered by Mossad in 1972, it changed Venn-Brown's life, bringing Palestinian activism to the forefront of her next four decades.Now in her nineties, and still painting, Venn-Brown has exhibited her work widely, but her paintings have never been collected so comprehensively as they are in Peter Manning's richly illustrated book. Celebrating her life and work her 40 years in Rome, her evolution as an artist, her political engagement and travels in the Middle East, and her recent return to Australia this book is an important biography of an intrepid and passionate artist.

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