The Painted Kiss

The Painted Kiss

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Gustav Klimt, one of the great painters of fin de siècle Austria--and the subject of Helen Mirren's latest film, Woman in Gold --takes center stage in this passionate and atmospheric debut novel, which reimagines the tumultuous relationship between the Viennese painter and Emilie Flöge, the woman who posed for his masterpiece The Kiss , and whose name he uttered with his dying breath.

Vienna in 1886 was a city of elegant cafés, grand opera houses, and a thriving and adventurous artistic community. It is here where the twelve-year-old Emilie meets the controversial libertine and painter. Hired by her bourgeois father for basic drawing lessons, Klimt introduces Emilie to a subculture of dissolute artists, wanton models, and decadent patrons that both terrifies and inspires her. The Painted Kiss follows Emilie as she blossoms from a naïve young girl to one of Europe's most exclusive couturiers--and Klimt's most beloved model and mistress. A provocative love story that brings to life Vienna's cultural milieu, The Painted Kiss is as compelling as a work by Klimt himself.
Publisher: New York :, Washington Square Press,, 2006.
Edition: First Washington Square Press trade paperback edition.
ISBN: 9780743492614
0743492617
Branch Call Number: FIC HICK
Characteristics: 280 pages ; 21 cm

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Apr 26, 2010

Absolutely wonderful. Based loosely on historical events. The story follows Emilie Floge (a designer) and the famous painter klimpt through their love affair.

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