Synopses & Reviews
Novelist Anne Girard brings to life the mesmerizing and untold story of Eva Gouel, the unforgettable woman who stole the heart of the greatest artist of our time
When Eva Gouel moves to Paris from the countryside, she is full of ambition and dreams of stardom. Though young and inexperienced, she manages to find work as a costumer at the famous Moulin Rouge, and it is here that she first catches the attention of Pablo Picasso, a rising star in the art world.
A brilliant but eccentric artist, Picasso sets his sights on Eva, and Eva can't help but be drawn into his web. But what starts as a torrid affair soon evolves into what will become the first great love of Picasso's life.
With sparkling insight and passion, Madame Picasso introduces us to a dazzling heroine, taking us from the salon of Gertrude Stein to the glamorous Moulin Rouge and inside the studio and heart of one of the most enigmatic and iconic artists of the twentieth century.
"Early twentieth century Paris and Picasso's lost love come to enchanted, vivid life in MADAME PICASSO. With a deft eye for detail and deep understanding for her protagonists, Anne Girard captures the earnest young woman who enthralled the famous artist and became his unsung muse." – C.W. Gortner, bestselling author of THE QUEEN'S VOW
"[An] intriguing story of love and loss.... Girard creates a wonderful period piece [and]...successfully captures the essence of an iconic figure."
"Girard...ably marries history, art, and romance here as Eva remains broadly rendered and famous figures shine."
"Gripping....Written with...heartfelt passion."
"The novel is a wonderful portrait of the complicated relationship between art, passion and love from a woman's viewpoint. Girard is a talented storyteller and historian, drawing readers into the world in which her characters live."
-RT Book Reviews
About the Author
Anne Girard is a writer and historian with degrees in English literature and clinical psychology. She has spent extensive time in Paris and lives in California with her husband and children.