Art is What a Civilization Will Be Judged By

Thomas Bauer Author Interview

Six Canvases follows an art dealer that falls into a mystery that takes him on a life-changing journey. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

Strangely, the inspiration for the story came from a realistic dream I had though I have always been fascinated by an artist dying young and the questions it raises in his admirer’s minds as to the masterpieces they will never experience. It seemed a natural consequence to have an art dealer obsessed by an artist’s work and life.

Foss discovers a lot about himself in this book. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

When one aspires to be an artist but lacks the talent, it seems logical that they put their passion into another’s work. In the case of the Seven Canvases, Foss’s obsession with Tyler Dobbs leads him to wanting to know everything about the man’s life, even falling in love with his woman and ultimately being used by her, even identifying with the artist.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

In almost all my books, the position of the artist in the world has played an important part. I also think I wanted to explore how various people react to the same artist. In this case, some finding his work great, others mediocre. I think that no matter what mysteries or revelations are in the narrative, in the end, art is what a civilization will ultimately be judged by.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

The book, Hattie’s World, is completed. It is part family saga that spans the 20th Century in California, and part story of a strong woman whose actions have a profound effect on the town her ruthless father builds. I think it’s one of my strongest works.

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A Manhattan art dealer becomes obsessed with an artist dying young and the enigmatic woman he loved. When he discovers strange canvases the artist hid in his attic, he embarks on a quest to solve the mysteries of the artist’s life. The small fishing village the artist lived in, the beautiful Cory Forbes, and the canvases take him on a journey that leads him to the brink of murder.

Posted on February 28, 2022, in Interviews and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I once listened to a series by theologian Francis Schafer, called: How Then Shall We Live? He also explored the ways in which art is the key to understanding past civilizations. Your book sounds interesting. All the best with your marketing.


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