Woman Triumphant interweaves in its story all the tangled threads of a great artist's life--his impelling genius, his passionate desire to paint the beauty of the world, his periods of reaction, his wife's love in conflict with her jealousy of much that his painting involves, and his love for her which dominates his life to the very end. The rich colors of the artistic life of Madrid, Rome and Venice are vivid in its pages. Its keen insight and vital force are characteristic of that master of modern fiction.Translated by Hayward Keniston.
year he saved money in order to go and study in some celebrated European museum. At last he had succeeded in coming to Spain, fulfilling the desire he had cherished for many years.
"Oh, Velásquez! uel maestro, caro Mariano!"
And throwing back his head, with a dreamy expression in his eyes, he moved his protruding jaw covered with reddish hair, with a voluptuous look, as though he were sipping a glass of his sweet native Tokay.
He had been in Madrid for a month, working every morning in the Museo. His copy of Las Meninas was almost finished. He had not been to see his "Dear Mariano" sooner because he wanted to show him this work. Would he come and see him some morning in the Museo? Would he give him this proof of his friendship? Renovales tried to decline. What did he care for a copy? But there was an expression of such humble supplication in the Hungarian's little eyes, he showered him with so many praises of his great triumphs, expatiating on the success that hi