Madame Picasso

Anne Girard. Mira, $14.95 trade paper (432p) ISBN 978-0-7783-1635-0
Twists and turns of fate are the hook for this intriguing story of love and loss. In 1911 Paris, Pablo Picasso feels uneasy, even though he's on the verge of wealth and fame as an artist. His longtime relationship with Fernande Olivier, who calls herself Madame Picasso although they're unmarried, is fraught with tension and infidelity. When Pablo meets Eva Gouel, a witty, ambitious seamstress at the famed Moulin Rouge, he becomes obsessed with her. Pablo and Eva embark on a passionate affair and a rich, cultured lifestyle in Paris with the best and brightest of the era—Gertrude Stein, Georges Braque, Henri Matisse, and Max Jacob. Eva is Pablo's muse, the one woman who understands him and his radical artwork. Happiness, however, is short-lived as they faced an escalating series of challenges, grappling with betrayal, decaying friendships, World War I, and a devastating illness. Girard creates a wonderful period piece, aptly conveying the spirit and irreverence of pre-WWI Paris. She impresses with her insight into the enigmatic, "renegade" Spanish expatriate during his cubist period; Picasso is characterized as kind and generous, as well as dark and difficult. Girard successfully captures the essence of an iconic figure during a brief, but pivotal, period of his life. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 09/22/2014
Release date: 08/01/2014
Genre: Fiction
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