Resemblance: Portraits of Characters from Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time


An exhibit of seventy-eight portraits of characters from Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time will open Friday, January 13th, 2017, at the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts in Carmel, California, and run through February 17th.

A second edition of Resemblance, the book, will be available.

Resemblance is a picture book of paintings inspired by Marcel Proust’s novel A la recherche du temps perdu, first translated into English as Remembrance of Things Past and later as In Search of Lost Time.

Proust wrote the novel between 1909 and 1922. It is extremely long, extremely heady, and it overflows with great heart and humor.

Proust’s characters evolve through an extraordinary expression of time and place. In Search of Lost Time describes the universal human condition as it describes the personal struggle of a man attempting to become a writer. Resemblance is my attempt to portray Proust’s characters from Proust’s words.

There are seventy-four characters in Resemblance, and four incidental landscapes. Each painting is accompanied by a passage from the novel.

Each portrait is acrylic on balsa, 4 x 3.5 inches, painted between June 2008 and November 2011