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El Beso (Painted Kiss) [Paperback]

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Vienna in 1886 was a city of elegant cafs, 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 Klimt. Hired by her bourgeois father for basic drawing lessons, he introduces Emilie to a subculture of dissolute artists, wanton models, and decadent patrons; following Emilie as she blossoms from a nave young girl to one of Europe's most exclusive couturiers and Klimt's most beloved model and mistress the woman who posed for Klimt's masterpiece The Kiss and whose name he uttered with his dying breath. Description in Spanish: "Una conmovedora historia de amor tan sutil y sensual como las obras de Klimt. Viena 1886: en la elegante urbe centroeuropea, una chiquilla de 12 aos, Emilie Flge, conoce al carismtico y controvertido pintor Gustav Klimt, uno de los lderes de la Secesin, el movimiento que estaba revolucionando el arte europeo. Contratado por los padres de la joven para darle lecciones de dibujo, Klimt introduce a Emilie en el mundo de la bohemia, donde pululan artistas disolutos, modelos de reputacin equvoca y decadentes mecenas de las artes, cuyas idas y venidas fascinan y atemorizan a la joven burguesa."

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Pages   383
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5" Height: 7.25"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2007
Publisher   Punto de Lectura
ISBN  8466369120  
ISBN13  9788466369121  

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Elizabeth Hickey was born in 1959.

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1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > General > Contemporary
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3Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Historical
4Books > Subjects > Romance > General
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This is an ambitious novel by its first time author. The focal point of the book is the relationship between noted Austrian painter, Gustav Klimt, and Emilie Floge, mistress of an exclusive fashion salon in fin de siecle Vienna. This is a woman whose name would be upon his lips when Klimt died. Who was she, and what was their relationship?

As there is little known in the historical record about the relationship between Gustav Klimt and Emilie Floge, the author was free to let her imagination wander. Told as a first person narrative by Emilie Floge, the book reveals a relationship that would encompass many years, many events, and many changes. Having first met Gustav Klimt when she was a twelve year old girl, and he was but a penniless, nearly starving, artist, she becomes his pupil. As he instructs this young girl in the fundamentals of drawing, a certain undeniable attraction exists. She is fascinated by him, and he eventually notices the nubile young girl that she is. Under his tutelage, our bourgeois young lady glimpses the world of the demi-monde, a world where artists' models and artists would bypass the mores of accepted society.

Theirs was a relationship that would span his lifetime until his death at the age of fifty-six. Yet, theirs was not to be the passion of great lovers. Their relationship, at least in the imaginings of the author, was more one of intimate friendship. Through the eyes of Emilie Floge, the reader sees the accession of Gustav Klimt into the highest rungs of Viennese society, a sought after, though somewhat controversial, artist and lover. He, in turn, becomes Emilie's patron, assisting her with the establishment of her haute couture salon, where she would dress the wealthy women who sought out Gustav Klimt in hopes of becoming his mistress. That position was one that Emilie herself had considered but eschewed in the final analysis. The author conveys a certain feeling of melancholy between the two protagonists, who are bound together by something stronger than a fleeting passion. In the end, Emilie became something even more important to Gustav Klimt. She became his muse.

This is a fairly well-written, introspective work of historical fiction that occasionally lacks substance. At times, it feels as superficial as the society about which the author writes. The author, however, intersperses commentary on some of Gustav Klimt's paintings. These are paintings that bear some relation to Emilie's narrative, and the use of this commentary is an interesting literary contrivance. So, there is much to enjoy in this novel, and I look forward to this promising author's next book.

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