Atala, a painting by artist, V. Z. Hughes Russell 1911-1999, was created in a painting class she joined as therapy after her breast cancer operation in 1965.
She was diagnosed by her surgeon as incurable but her husband would not except the diagnosis and prepared juice from all manner of fruits and vegetables. All cancer in her body even bone cancer went into remission and she lived another thirty five years, out living her husband nearly30 years. One day years later she looked at the painting and said, " her right breast is missing" she looked down and said, "I've painted a mirror image of my condition, my left breast is missing". When she would ask what I wanted from her estate, my answer was always, " Atala".
Book by Fran�ois-Ren� de Chateaubriand
Atala is an early novella by Fran�ois-Ren� de Chateaubriand, first published on 12 germinal IX. The work, inspired by his travels in North America, had an immense impact on early Romanticism, and went through five editions in its first year. Wikipedia
Author: Fran�ois-Ren� de Chateaubriand
Genres: Novella, Romanticism
September 5th, 2014
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