A riveting novel about the tragic romance that nearly destroyed a young Pablo Picasso—while granting him his first flight of creative genius.From rowdy Barcelona barrooms to the incandescent streets of turn-of-the-century Paris, Pablo Picasso experiences the sumptuous highs and seedy lows of bohemian life alongside his rebellious poet friend with a shadowy past, Carles Casagemas.Fleeing family misfortune and their parents’ expectations, the two young artists seek their creative outlet while chasing inspiration in drugs, decadence, and the liberated women of Montmartre—creatures far different from the veiled ones back home.The new life feels like bliss, and nothing can come between them…until a dark-haired, enigmatic muse enters the picture. The two artists’ passion for Germaine will lead to a devastating turn. Amid soul-searching and despair, however, Picasso discovers a color palette in which to render his demons and paint himself into lasting history.Bringing the exuberance of the era vividly to life, this richly imagined portrait of Picasso’s coming of age intertwines the love, death, lust, and friendships that inspired the immortal works of a defiant master.
The Blue Period Review
- January 1, 1970Bonnye ReedAmazon First Reads, June 2019
- January 1, 1970John StephensAn amazing ride!To be quite honest, I’m not a fan of Picasso’s work for the most part. I respect his talent, it just doesn’t appeal to my eye (give me Monet instead), but this book came up on my First Reads list and sounded like fun. It was more than fun, it’s a beautifully set piece of history told in a fictional style and, in a locale that I love (Paris), and was just a stellar read.more
- January 1, 1970Piotr HalaczkiewiczA well told story that paints Picasso’s early life in wordsI wasn’t sure what to expect but once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. I knew little about Picasso’s life or art and thanks to the book, not only have a better understanding behind his early work, but also the life of artists and people of the period. I would recommend this for anyone who wants a great story about life and how it shapes us.more
- January 1, 1970JudithI had mixed feelings about reading this book. After viewing an exhibit of Picasso's painting I came away with admiration of his skill and artistry but also apalledd wlth his apparent hatred of women. He used and abused women in his life. The book is a good, informative read of his young life as he found his fortune in Spain and Paris. It treats him as a person not an icon. Recommenced for all who like to read about the awakening and flourishing of the art process.more
- January 1, 1970LaurelEnthrallingWhile this novel may be fiction, it was quite fascinating. I really felt like I was inside Pablo's head while reading. All of his pain, his struggles, his loss, I felt like I was there with him throughout all of it. I got this book as a First Read, and I'm very glad that I did.more
- January 1, 1970Roger StraussUghThis was an Amazon freebie and you get what you pay for. Not sure why this book was ever written or needed to be written. It’s pretty bad. Someone must have owed the author a favor. If this book can get published, there’s hope for anyone who thinks he can write a novel.more
- January 1, 1970Diane RosenThe Artist As a Young ManA well written and fascinating biography. The author really seems to get under Picasso's skin and depicts the total poverty despite which he produced his early work.
- January 1, 1970Natalay GoldsteinTerribly written and completely boring. I didn't get past the first chapter. So dissppointing.
- January 1, 1970Luanne SmithEngaging and thoughtfully written. I'd been researching the period and Picasso's early years in Paris already, so the subject and style both appealed to me. Found it very interesting.
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