Madame Picasso by Anne Girard takes place in the early 1900’s and tells the story of Eva Gouel; a women virtually unknown but who had the heart of Pablo Picasso, one of the most famous artists of all time.
Eva Gouel leaves home as a young woman wanting to make her own way despite the wishes of her parents. Traveling from the countryside to Paris Eva manages to get a job as a seamstress and later as a costume designer at the cabaret Moulin Rouge. It is there that Pablo Picasso first captures her attention and later after meeting him a second time neither can deny the strong attraction they feel towards one another. What begins as an affair soon turns into something much more for the both of them.
When Eva learns that Picasso has had a mistress for years she is devastated. She learns that that they aren’t married but have a lot of history and that this woman has a strong hold on him. Yet it seems it was not strong enough for neither Picasso or Eva can stop thinking of being with each other. No matter what he has to do or people he has to leave behind Picasso is determined to spend the rest of his life with Eva. The two seem destined to be together. For Picasso this is a new experience as he has never truly loved anyone and Eva quickly becomes his everything. Through her he learns to believe in himself and in his art. Will the perfect world they’ve built together last…
I really enjoyed this book. Picasso and Eva’s love story is a beautiful one. They shared a true and pure love for each other and their devotion to one another touched my heart. I’ve always enjoyed books about artists and their personal lives and reading about the woman who was Picasso’s one true love was fascinating. The author really brings the time period to life describing other artists, paintings, and the social scene. I felt as though I was there and even at over four hundred pages this novel literally flew by for me.
I always say that a book that has me shedding a tear is a book that has touched me in some way and Madame Picasso was one of those books. It is beautiful, passionate, and heartbreaking and I feel enriched for having read it. For fans of historical fiction or art lovers I highly recommend Madame Picasso!
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