Julian Barnes: the Man in the Red Coat

Watching a portrait may be misleading or may prompt you to know more about the person depicted... We are very lucky that Julian Barnes pondered about a portrait at the National Gallery of Washington DC... and in a cosmopolitan embrace masterly orchestrated by this British (not English) genius, we are transported to the Belle Époque mostly in Paris. In this sense, Julian Barnes, who mourns over Brexit, accomplishes a European masterpiece.