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El Beso por Elizabeth Hickey
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El Beso (edição 2010)

por Elizabeth Hickey (Autor)

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"Vienna in 1886 was a city of elegant cafes, grand opera houses, and a thriving and adventurous artistic community. It was there that twelve-year-old Emilie Floge met the controversial libertine and painter Gustav Klimt. When Klimt is hired by Emilie's bourgeois father to give her some basic drawing lessons, he introduces her to a subculture of dissolute artists, wanton models, and decadent patrons that both terrifies and fascinates her." "The Painted Kiss follows the developing relationship between Klimt and Emilie, who blossoms from a naive girl to a sanguine woman, becoming mistress to one of the twentieth century's most fascinating artists and the owner of an exclusive fashion house, which Klimt helps design. Fin de siecle Vienna glitters with wealthy, beautiful women for Emilie to dress in her salon and for Klimt to undress in his studio. It is a world overflowing with the greatest artists, composers, and writers of the era, and yet doomed by the imminent collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire." "Although she is never sure of her place in Klimt's life, Emilie is a constant presence, supporting him through tragedy, self-doubt, triumph, and scandal - and ultimately serving as the model for his greatest masterpiece."--BOOK JACKET.… (mais)
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I have discovered a new passion in my quest for reading great historical fiction. It started with Clara and Mr. Tiffany which is about the art of stained glass creations, and then to the non-fiction book The Lost Painting about Caravaggio, to this fictional story about the Viennese 19 Century artist Gustav Klimt and his lifelong inspiration and one of his favourite models, Emilie Floge. The story is told in the first person by Emilie which is why this book is so real and riveting.. Ms. Hickey does a marvellous job of creating a world and its people that is so alive and so realistic that it just seemed that I was right there with Gustav, Emilie and her sisters, as well as other famous artists and people from late 19 century Vienna. What a marvellous city Vienna was then!. It was full of great artists, composers, writers, opera singers and designers, but what made it all so bittersweet was that history as shown us what happened to Vienna during the two world wars it suffered through. That sparkling, magical world was lost forever. Being able to experience Vienna in its heyday was thrilling and spell-binding for me. We see the growth and development of a great artist, and the effect that his talent has on everyone around him, and how it depicts society and the people of his generation. Artists and composers were the rockstars of this time, and some handled their fame and fortune with aplomb, while others ended up being victims of it. I am so enthralled with getting this glimpse into this world of great art and artists that I have already created a reading list of books that I absolutely must read. I want to read books about Van Gogh, Monet, Singer, Bruegel and many others. I loved everything about this book, but the best part was the character of Emilie. I wish I could have known her. ( )
  Romonko | Feb 25, 2019 |
In this passionate and atmospheric debut novel, Elizabeth Hickey reimagines the tumultous relationahip between the Viennese painter Gustav Klimt and Emilie Floge, the woman who posed for Klimt's masterpiece The Kiss - and whose name he uttered with is dying breath. Vienna in 1886 was a city of elegant cafés, 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. Hired by her bourgeois father for basic drawing lessons, Klimt introduces Emilie to a subculture of dissolute artists, wanton models, and decadent patrons that both terrifies and inspires her. The Painted Kiss follows Emilie as she blossoms from a naïve young girl to one of Europe's most exclusive couturiers—and Klimt's most beloved model and mistress. A provocative love story that brings to life Vienna's cultural milieu, The Painted Kiss is as compelling as a work by Klimt himself.
  Cultural_Attache | Jul 15, 2018 |
(Fiction, Historical, Art)

From Amazon: “Gustav Klimt, one of the great painters of fin de siècle Austria—and the subject of Helen Mirren’s latest film, Woman in Gold—takes center stage in this passionate and atmospheric debut novel, which reimagines the tumultuous relationship between the Viennese painter and Emilie Flöge, the woman who posed for his masterpiece The Kiss, and whose name he uttered with his dying breath.”

This should have been a knock-out but I found it rather bland.

3½ stars ( )
  ParadisePorch | Feb 8, 2018 |
The Painted Kiss - Hickey
published 2005
4 stars

When Emilie Floege was 12 years old her father commissioned Gustav Klimt to paint portraits of his three daughters. He became Emilie’s art teacher. As teenagers, Emilie and her sister Helene modeled for Gustav and his brother Ernst. Helene grows up to marry Ernst and produces one child before his early death. Emilie establishes a famous Viennese fashion house and becomes one of Gustav Klimt’s many lovers. This story is told from the perspective of an aging Emilie Floege. She and her niece have fled the Nazi depredation in Vienna for the refuge of her family’s crumbling summer home. She spends her time reflecting on the successful years of her business and her relationship with Gustav Klimt.

I like historical fiction about famous artists. This is a very readable book, although given the author’s notes and a number of very contrived conversations between characters, I doubt the historical accuracy of many scenes. The publisher’s blurb makes the book sound like a passionate love story and it most definitely is not. As Emilie’s older sister tells her “Gustav’s in love with himself. He likes to be admired”. There may be many historical inaccuracies in this book, but I tend to believe its depiction of Klimt as a narcissistic genius. I liked reading about him and the amazing circle of talented people who surrounded him. This is a short book, a superficial look at a complex artistic and social scene. I’d like to read comprehensive biography or a more detailed fictional account of these people.
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  msjudy | May 30, 2016 |
An entry into the genre of books-about-famous-men-from-the-point-of-view-of-women-in-their-lives.
I love Klimt, and the whole arts-and-crafts movement that he was involved with. Oh, can I just say Art Nouveau? "Arts-and-Crafts" sounds like they were sitting around knitting and making macaroni mosaics or something. By coincidence, it was right after reading this that I went to see an exhibit of jewelry from the period at the Forbes Galleries. http://www.forbesgalleries.com/jewelrygallery.shtml SWOON! Now THAT'S what I'm talking about.
And, yay Wiener Werkstätte!

Anyway, after reading this book, I feel like I am much more enthused about the movement than Ms. Hickey is. I'm not really sure why she chose to write this book.

I thought it was quite well-written, however I disagreed with her characterizations of her historical characters - especially her main character, Emilie Flöge.
In reality, Emilie Flöge was an extremely talented, very intelligent, well-respected and well-to-do woman who was more than capable of making her own life choices. Obviously, we don't know everything about her internal, emotional life, and this is a work of fiction. But Hickey insists on portraying this strong, successful woman as a naive, constantly self-doubting person who is taken advantage of by Gustav Klimt, who abuses her love for him and ruins any chance she had to have a happy life.
OK, this is vaguely possible. But, considering the historical facts, not likely. The evidence actually indicates that it is unlikely that Klimt and Flöge were lovers; they were more likely close/best friends. But Hickey seems to think that it is impossible for a man and a woman to simply be friends, and further, she doesn't seem to comprehend that a woman might actually value her independence and have no particular desire to marry, especially in a society where marriage would mean giving up a great deal. Hickey's book seems to give out the message: "Watch out, because if you waste time hanging out with a man who won't commit to you, you will end up sad and lonely and abandoned."

Now, it's true enough that Flöge's fortunes did decline in her later years - but I think that, in reality, we can lay that at the feet of Hitler, considering that Flöge was a Jewish woman in Austria during WWII.

Hickey also portrays Adele Bloch-Bauer in a very negative light, concentrating on her 'illness' and drawing her as a depressed, physically self-destructive person. Again, in reality, while Bloch-Bauer may have been ill (she had tuberculosis), she was also a strong, opinionated and intelligent woman, who effectively created the life she wanted for herself.

In addition, while it is undoubtedly true that Klimt had sex with a great many of his paid models as a matter of course (which was fairly usual, at the time - many artists' models were also prostitutes), Hickey also alleges that Klimt refused to support his acknowledged children financially. It appears that this is untrue, and in reality he did support the children he acknowledged. After his death, many other people did claim to be children of Klimt, but it is unknown whether their claims were true.

So - while this was a pleasant-enough read, I wouldn't really recommend it for those interested in learning more about these historical figures and their artistic work. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
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"Vienna in 1886 was a city of elegant cafes, grand opera houses, and a thriving and adventurous artistic community. It was there that twelve-year-old Emilie Floge met the controversial libertine and painter Gustav Klimt. When Klimt is hired by Emilie's bourgeois father to give her some basic drawing lessons, he introduces her to a subculture of dissolute artists, wanton models, and decadent patrons that both terrifies and fascinates her." "The Painted Kiss follows the developing relationship between Klimt and Emilie, who blossoms from a naive girl to a sanguine woman, becoming mistress to one of the twentieth century's most fascinating artists and the owner of an exclusive fashion house, which Klimt helps design. Fin de siecle Vienna glitters with wealthy, beautiful women for Emilie to dress in her salon and for Klimt to undress in his studio. It is a world overflowing with the greatest artists, composers, and writers of the era, and yet doomed by the imminent collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire." "Although she is never sure of her place in Klimt's life, Emilie is a constant presence, supporting him through tragedy, self-doubt, triumph, and scandal - and ultimately serving as the model for his greatest masterpiece."--BOOK JACKET.

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