Artists are notorious for being temperamental, passionate, and fascinating so naturally, they make great subjects for historical fiction. Try one of these picks to learn more about these artists and their times.
Clara and Mr. Tiffany Clara by Susan Vreeland
In the early 2000’s it was discovered that Clara Driscoll was the designer behind some of Tiffany’s most famous creations, his stained glass lamps. Vreeland dives deep into the process of creating these artworks as well as fin de siècle New York.
I Always Loved You by Robin Oliveira
Mary Cassatt is considering leaving Paris and her painting behind. But she meets Edgar Degas and the course of her life changes forever.
Last Nude by Ellis Avery
Rafaela needs a black dress but she does not have the money to afford one. As she considers doing the unthinkable, she meets Tamara de Lempicka and becomes the enigmatic artist’s muse and lover.
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
Mamah Borthwick Cheney and Frank Lloyd Wright met and fell in love while they were married to other people. Learn more about their passionate affair and tragic end.
Madame Picasso by Anne Girard
As Picasso’s star was rising in the art world he met and fell in love with Eva Gouel. Set in the glittering world of Paris before and during World War I, the book introduces the reader to an amazing cast of expatriates.
Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman
Camille Pissaro was a pivotal figure in Impressionist art movement. But before that, he was a child growing up on the isalnd of St. Thomas. Marriage of Opposites tells the story of his mother and her quest to find love.
Written 1/15/21 by Ellen