The Painted Kiss (Paperback)
|Author: Elizabeth Hickey|
|In the tradition of "The Girl with the Pearl Earring" and "The Girl in Hyacinth Blue," a beautiful, atmospheric, and sensual debut re-imagines the tempestuous relationship between painter Gustav Klimt and Emilie Floege, the youngest daughter of a bourgeois businessman.|
From the Publisher:
In this passionate and atmospheric debut novel, Elizabeth Hickey reimagines the tumultuous relationship between the Viennese painter Gustav Klimt and Emilie Flöge, the woman who posed for Klimt's 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.
Emilie Flöge, the much younger lover of the painter Gustav Klimt, is now an aged woman. Alone in the country with Klimt's drawings as World War II rages around her, Emilie looks back on her long relationship with the artist, first as his student when she was 12, then as his lover and muse.
"A graceful imagining of the joined lives of a rising, soon-to-be-famous artist and a young woman in fin-de-siècle Vienna....Lovely, if a little ornate--rather like Klimt's work, in other words." 03/01/2005 Publishers Weekly
"...Hickman's language is sensual, lush and unhurried, and the prose wears its author's research gracefully." 03/28/2005