Madame Picasso

by Girard, Anne,

Format: Print Book 2014
Availability: Available at 5 Libraries 5 of 5 copies
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Novelist Anne Girard brings to life the mesmerizing and untold story of Eva Gouel, the unforgettable woman who stole the heart of the greatest artist of our time

When Eva Gouel moves to Paris from the countryside, she is full of ambition and dreams of stardom. Though young and inexperienced, she manages to find work as a costumer at the famous Moulin Rouge, and it is here that she first catches the attention of Pablo Picasso, a rising star in the art world.

A brilliant but eccentric artist, Picasso sets his sights on Eva, and Eva can't help but be drawn into his web. But what starts as a torrid affair soon evolves into what will become the first great love of Picasso's life.

With sparkling insight and passion, Madame Picasso introduces us to a dazzling heroine, taking us from the salon of Gertrude Stein to the glamorous Moulin Rouge and inside the studio and heart of one of the most enigmatic and iconic artists of the twentieth century.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The story of Eva Gouel, the enigmatic mistress and muse of Pablo Picasso, is told through details found in the artist's work and in correspondence with their friends Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. Eva, the daughter of Polish immigrants in Vincennes, France, reinvents herself as Marcelle Humburt in Paris, becoming a wardrobe assistant for the famed Moulin Rouge. From their first encounter at the cusp of Picasso's rise to stardom, she enchants Picasso, who is caught in a tempestuous love affair with Fernande Olivier. Not much is known about Eva, who died four years after meeting Picasso, but the author fills the novel with colorful accounts of the social scene in turn-of-the-century Paris. She also tells the tale of Picasso's implication in the Mona Lisa theft. Girard is the pen name of Diane Haeger, the author of 13 historical-romance novels, including a series about the Tudor monarchs. She ably marries history, art, and romance here as Eva remains broadly rendered and famous figures shine.--Walker, Aleksandra Copyright 2014 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "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.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Gouel, Eva, -- 1885-1915 -- Fiction.
Picasso, Pablo, -- 1881-1973 -- Fiction.
Picasso, Pablo, -- 1881-1973 -- Relations with women -- Fiction.
Love stories.
Biographical fiction.
Historical fiction.
Publisher Don Mills, Ontario :Harlequin MIRA,2014
Language English
Notes Includes reader's guide.
Description 411 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9780778316350
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