The Painted Kiss Hardcover – 21 Nov 2005
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""The Painted Kiss" is richly atmospheric and haunting."-- Lauren Belfer, author of "City of Light"
About the Author
Elizabeth Hickey was an art history major at Williams College and earned her Masters in Fine Art from Columbia University. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed THE PAINTED KISS. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
I know next to nothing about art, so I found this book's story of Viennese art history in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century most informative. The author works many of Gustav Klimt's portraits, and the women who posed for them, into the novel, and I would encourage the reader to seek out the images of these portraits online or in art gallery books - Klimt's actual historical portraits make for the most vivid of visual aids when it comes to immersing yourself in this story.Read more ›
As there is little known in the historical record about the relationship between Gustav Klimt and Emilie Floge, the author was free to let her imagination wander. Told as a first person narrative by Emilie Floge, the book reveals a relationship that would encompass many years, many events, and many changes. Having first met Gustav Klimt when she was a twelve year old girl, and he was but a penniless, nearly starving, artist, she becomes his pupil. As he instructs this young girl in the fundamentals of drawing, a certain undeniable attraction exists. She is fascinated by him, and he eventually notices the nubile young girl that she is. Under his tutelage, our bourgeois young lady glimpses the world of the demi-monde, a world where artists' models and artists would bypass the mores of accepted society.
Theirs was a relationship that would span his lifetime until his death at the age of fifty-six. Yet, theirs was not to be the passion of great lovers. Their relationship, at least in the imaginings of the author, was more one of intimate friendship. Through the eyes of Emilie Floge, the reader sees the accession of Gustav Klimt into the highest rungs of Viennese society, a sought after, though somewhat controversial, artist and lover. He, in turn, becomes Emilie's patron, assisting her with the establishment of her haute couture salon, where she would dress the wealthy women who sought out Gustav Klimt in hopes of becoming his mistress.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This had a greater amount of research and needed more research by the reader to make sense. Very well written and ideal for taking on holiday and immersing in over a short... Read morePublished on 9 May 2013 by Margaret Ann Jackson
As a fan of Klimt and the Secessionist movement I had high hopes of this novel, however I was disappointed. Read morePublished on 25 Mar. 2009 by L. Price