Gustav Klimt, one of the crucial nice painters of fin de siècle Austria—and the topic of Helen Mirren’s contemporary movie, Woman in Gold—takes heart level on this passionate and atmospheric debut novel, which reimagines the tumultuous courting among the Viennese painter and Emilie Flöge, the lady who posed for his masterpiece The Kiss, and whose title he uttered along with his loss of life breath.
Vienna in 1886 was once a town of stylish cafés, grand opera properties, and a thriving and adventurous creative neighborhood. It’s right here the place the twelve-12 months-vintage Emilie meets the arguable libertine and painter. Employed by means of her bourgeois father for elementary drawing classes, Klimt introduces Emilie to a way of life of dissolute artists, wanton fashions, and decadent consumers that each terrifies and conjures up her. The Painted Kiss follows Emilie as she blossoms from a naïve younger woman to one among Europe’s such a lot unique couturiers—and Klimt’s such a lot cherished fashion and mistress. A provocative love tale that brings to lifestyles Vienna’s cultural milieu, The Painted Kiss is as compelling as a piece by means of Klimt himself.
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