The Painter - Book One: Chapter 1: I-II Summary & Analysis

Peter Heller
This Study Guide consists of approximately 81 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Painter.
This section contains 2,965 words
(approx. 8 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy The Painter Study Guide

Summary

The Painter is the Peter Heller's second novel, which follows the struggles of artist and fisherman Jim Stegner. The story begins four months after Stegner's purchase of a retreat home in western Colorado where he hopes to find peace and paint.

Book One is introduced with the basic artist's catalog description of a painting: "Mayhem," oil on linen, 40 x 50 inches, collection of the artist." There are then several first-person statements of life situations the un-named narrator "never imagined," contrasting childhood expectations versus what he ended up becoming. He never thought he'd shoot a man, or be a father, or be a painter. He then goes on to contrast himself with his father, who was a logger, and very gentle. He never imagined his daughter would be so much like his mother, whom she never met.

The narrator remembers an afternoon at...

(read more from the Book One: Chapter 1: I-II Summary)

This section contains 2,965 words
(approx. 8 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy The Painter Study Guide
Copyrights
BookRags
The Painter from BookRags. (c)2016 BookRags, Inc. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook