Yosay Briels


Yosay Briels is a new author to enter the historical novel genre. Her writing is inspired by true stories about artists and their art.
Her debut novel The Dutch Artist and His Muse is based on the Rotterdam artist Jan Sirks and his muse Hillegonda.
Yosay has a BA in Art History and French Literature and is fascinated with the context of art. In order to define her characters, she learns as much as she can to be able to re-create their lives. She visits their cities and ports, listens to their music, reads their books and the plays they may have seen, studies their fashion and mannerisms, their foods, their homes and places of work, their hygiene habits, their perfumes, their foods and drinks, the structure of their day, their social life, their politics, reads their newspapers, their books, their exhibition reviews and pours over their letters and diaries.
She was a founding member of the charitable trust that created and published the successful Harbour Kitchens cookbook. Her sketch “Insight, Hindsight and Foresight” was performed at the opening of the Christchurch Innovation Incubator in New Zealand.
When she is not researching, reading or writing, Yosay is a portfolio manager and curator. She is working on her second novel. It is about an artist.
She lives in on a hill in Lyttelton, New Zealand with her husband and a slightly insane Burmese cat.

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The Dutch Artist and His Muse
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 155,550. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 6, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
Dutch artist Jan Sirks believes experimentation is the right of every artist. When Rotterdam art galleries close their doors to local artists, Jan goes on the warpath. The heroic war of early modern art has traitors and deserters. The Dutch Artist and His Muse tells the story of the quiet revolutionary artist Jan Sirks and his muse as he paves the way toward greater artistic freedom.

Yosay Briels' tag cloud

1920s    abstract art    amsterdam    art and love    dutch art    etchings    jan sirks    muse    novel about