Christopher Moore is an author I did not know much about, but I was intrigued by the publicity for his newest book entitled Sacré Bleu. The book is fiction and is about the mystery of Van Gogh and his early death by his own hand, or was it? That was what I gathered from the hour and a half of Moore’s talk, slideshow, and question and answer session yesterday at the Dallas Musuem of Art. Just hearing about some of his books made me really like him right away because he is irreverent and extremely funny. Moore’s first book was published in 1992 and he has been a successful writer since then and has beaucoup des followers. He is also popular on Facebook and Twitter and seems to keep close to his followers. And not the regular ‘let’s go to the musuem for an author talk’ followers! The beret-wearing Moore was happy to see so many of his people, as he said, and thanked them for supporting him for so long.
One day Moore was sitting around thinking about what to write next and decided to write a book about the color blue. He doesn’t know where that really came from, but he did spend 4 years studying art, the Impressionists, and painting. Moore has spent lots of time in art museums in many American cities, as his down time on a tour might be only a few hours and he chose to spend lots of this time in these museums on previous book tours. The museum visits were time when it was “not about me.” These visits were an escape from reality and he shifted his reality by staring into the works of art.
Attendees got an extremely compact slide show and overview of art in the modern era starting with Jacques-Louis David. From the talk you could tell Camille Pissarro was his favorite guy that he would have loved to be acquainted with if he could. Most of the Impressionists play a role in Sacré Bleu, including Manet, Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Gaugin, Sisley, Morisot, Bazille, and countless others. I really look forward to reading Sacré Bleu, as well as Lamb, and A Dirty Job. The latter two books seemed to garner the most questions from the audience and must be his most popular ones.