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Madame Picasso

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  2,041 ratings  ·  299 reviews
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 attentio
Paperback, 432 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by Harlequin MIRA (first published 2014)
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Sep 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
WOW, this is MUCH better than I thought in the beginning. There is romance from the beginning. How this was presented put me off; I didn't believe it. However, it was I who didn't understand properly, not in the beginning, but I do now. I didn't believe or understand the strength of the attraction between them. I know now who these people were - the hopes, aspirations, superstitions and fears of Pablo and Eva, his first "wife". On top of all this, the events themselves are gripping. Real life is ...more
BAM The Bibliomaniac
Another in my long line of artist historical fiction. Much better than Paris Red but not as good as Sunflowers. I had a bad audio version, so I hope to read the book.
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh to be Madame Picasso. Or strive to be. A known player and ladies man suddenly finds a woman that stops him in his tracks. She's simple, beautiful and challenging. This story is about Eva Gouel, quite possibly Picasso's greatest love. Told in a style that reminds the reader of The Paris Wife, you meet all the usual suspects ..Gertrude Stein and Apollinaire to name a few. Paris is their playground. When Eva comes into Picasso's life he finds himself more inspired and grounded then ever before. ...more
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
Although I have read several of the books published about the mistresses and wives of famous people, and enjoyed the crafted development of their characters, this one simply did not connect with me, for some reason. It wasn’t that the story was not interesting; I think it was just too long, too repetitive and lacked enough substance to hold my interest.
Also, I listened to an audio version from One-Click, and the speed could not be adjusted. The reader breathed too heavily at times, over emoted,
Stephanie Thornton
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this novel about Pablo Picasso and his mistress, Eva Gouel. Before reading Madame Picasso, I lumped Picasso in with all the other artistic rakes from the turn of the 20th century: Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and the like. While he's still a rake, Anne Girard makes him a sympathetic one utterly devoted to both Eva and his art. Girard's writing is so vivid I could smell the turpentine of Picasso's studio, hear the cheers from the patrons of the Moulin Rouge, and taste the French bri ...more
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book made me hate Picasso, and the woman who gave up her whole life to serve him. She was a talented seamstress, supposedly smart, but I couldn't even finish this book because they both angered me. Oh hey, don't cut off your obviously cancerous boobs because he won't love you anymore. Please take a lover while I'm dying Picasso, you need it. Dumb, dumb, dumb. Nope. There's loving and sacrificing for one another, and then there's just meekness, and pathetic obsession. Eva Gouel was the latte ...more
Lina Nguyen
Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it
This book took me by surprise. I didn't thought it would be so mesmerizing and exciting to read. The story and the writing was like a fresh wind on a summer night.
I laughed with her. I loved with her. I suffered with her. I cried with her and most importantly i learned so many things during her journal.
This book is a must-read if you love art, are open-minded and ready for a beautiful lovestory.
Sep 25, 2014 rated it liked it
This is one of those books which would be easier to rate if we had a .5 star system. This one being a 2.5 star. I rounded it up only because of the atmosphere mood she created.

Eva, Picasso and all the myriad of other Moulin Rouge characters were drawn to an extent that you felt you "knew" them. But all told, that was the upside. For me, so much else was not what I expected and also disappointing.

Picturing historical fiction from the reviews, I feel this was just marginally in that category and
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Picasso is easily one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, but I think it fair to say his art is more recognizable than the man behind it which is what roused my interest in Anne Girard's Madame Picasso.

Picking up in 1911, Girard draws readers into the popular salons and glamorous haunts of Paris in the waning years of the Belle Époque to explore a love affair that would forever change the young
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
At the close of the opulent Belle Époque era in Paris, Eva Gouel makes her debut as a seamstress/designer at the glamorous cabaret Moulin Rouge, where she first spots Pablo Picasso in the audience. Another meeting at an art exhibit furthers their acquaintance, and they begin a tête-à-tête that blossoms into a deep and inescapable devotion.

It is a struggle for Eva to accept love from a man she so revers, and she constantly questions his sincerity, for she feels less than confidant trying to fill
Katherine Woo
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I received an Advanced Uncorrected Proof of Madame Picasso from Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.
Being an artist myself, I normally don't like to read books about artists/art, though I probably should. I've always been interested in Picasso so I figured if I was chosen to receive this book, I was meant to read it and I am very glad I was because I loved it. I instantly got swept away in the love story of Eva and Pablo. It was hard to put down, I didn't want to leave their world. It was well writte
Mina De Caro (Mina's Bookshelf)
A consuming and intense read, as it can be expected from a novel based on the love life of the most extraordinary artist of the 20th century: Pablo Picasso. Read my full review on MINA'S BOOKSHELF

Founder of the avant-garde artistic movement known as Cubism, the Andalusian painter depicted reality from a multiplicity of viewpoints: he chose a subject, he analyzed it, dissected it, and reproduced it on canvas in the abstract form of simultaneous perspectiv
Colleen Turner
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Madame Picasso perfectly brings to life the bright and fast-paced world of the Moulin Rouge’s backstage and the glittering opulence of the theater and its patrons in front, the disheveled yet pulsating energy of the artist’s studios, the vibrant intellectual stimulation of Gertrude Stein’s Saturday evening salons and the very streets and alleys of Paris itself, which becomes its own character. Sensuality and passion are always brimming and boiling over a
Caroline Wilson
**Originally appeared at the Historical Novel Society**

Pablo Picasso is arguably one of the greatest artists ever. Art historians and theorists have pored over his works for years, and many have come to the conclusion that Picasso was greatly influenced by the women in his life. Madame Picasso shines a light on Eva Gouel, Picasso’s second mistress and, most likely, his greatest muse.

Very little is known about Eva. According to the novel, she was born to Polish parents and grew up in the suburbs
Ruth Chatlien
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When I attended the Historical Novel Society convention in June, I heard a panel that included Diane Haeger, who also writes under the name Anne Girard. Her discussion of her novel Madame Picasso intrigued me, partially because it’s set in a fascinating time period and partially because it—like my novel The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte—tells the story of a bold, clever woman who isn’t widely known today.

The novel recounts five years in the life of Eva Gouel, one of Pablo Picasso’s early lovers. Th
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
So I guess this was not bad. I liked it but not as much as I thought I would. The description on the back was great. But then when I started reading it was not really up to my expectations. I think I thought it would be more historical fiction as opposed to fiction fiction. I mean I like a good love story like the rest of them, but this one just kinda didn't flow properly. There were section in which I felt the author did a poor job in explaining what was going on. I was confused, so then I was ...more
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The moment this book was announced to me via email for a book tour, I knew instantly I was meant to read this story. Anne Girard brings her readers a dynamic story of the world renowned artist, Picasso and the great love of his life, Eva.

This has several elements to the story that truly captured my heart and gripped such a strong hold of profound empathy and feeling of being intimately bounded with the characters-especially Picasso and Eva. For a writer to achieve that kind of emotion in a read
Laurean Wilson Reynolds
I could not finish this book. If Picasso was as trite and boring as portrayed, how did he paint so magnificently? Eva did nothing special but try to hold onto her lover. Then she sacrifices herself as a martyr by not getting medical attention just to spare dear ole Picasso and not upset the famous artist. Come on!! It lacked interesting details and was dull. I was disappointed because as an art history graduate, I was excited to read Madame Picasso. Because it is historic fiction, the author cou ...more
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: artistic, romance
This story sheds light on the mystery of Picasso and his art, as seen through the eyes of his muse, Eva. Vivid scenes bring the Moulin Rouge and turn-of-the-century Paris to life...from the stage performers to the fierce competition between artists that begets Picasso's passionate genius. It was interesting to discover some of Picasso's influences and secrets hidden within his paintings. Enjoyable!
Cath  AY
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pablo was such a passionate man in many aspects of his life.-art-friends-love. It was intersting to learn about Eva, a young naive woman that caught the eye of the master. There time together was short but filled with love.
We get a glimpse into the life of Picasso and a Parisian's artist life in the early 1900s. Such an interesting and intellectual group.
Could Eva have been the LOVE of PIcasso's life?
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
An interesting read. I loved Eva!!!
Roxana Macarie
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Very predictable and childish writing. The story between Eva and Picasso deserves a better description. A profoundly and complex one should’ve been the perfect fit!
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Anna Louise Kallas
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful love story between Pablo Picasso and Eva Gouel! This is by far the best Historical fiction novel I have read this year! Anne Girard is a masterful storyteller, weaving in a beautiful storyline where there are blanks in history about the relationship between Eva Gouel and Pablo Picasso. We all know who Pablo Picasso is, his many relationships with women (who often became his muse), and the incredible artwork he created. However, not much is known about the one woman who helped shaped hi ...more
Ashley Farley
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
In much the same vein as The Paris Wife and Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, the author takes her readers back to the early 20th century to Gertrude Stein’s salon in Paris, where the most renowned writers, artists, and poets of the day gathered to discuss their trade. With Madame Picasso, instead of Hemingway and Fitzgerald, the cast of characters includes artists like Picasso and Matisse, and poets like Guillaume Apollinaire, the man once accused of stealing the Mona Lisa.
Independent and resourc
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The compelling story of the life of Eva Gouel who rises from humble origins to become the muse and one true love of the artist Pablo Picasso. She is portrayed as such a truly sweet person that, if true, I can see why Picasso was so enchanted with her. The novel is also interesting in the fine way the author describes the setting and time period in Paris and beyond. The book reads like butter and gives much insight into the artist community of Paris during that era. A must read for lovers of rom ...more
Amy Michalczyk
Jul 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I am surprised to find that I never reviewed this book, because I know I liked it, and I've had reason to call on it. I am thinking maybe I should read it again. I was fascinated to go on this journey of someone who you'd (I did) assume lived in the shadows, but she had a fascinating story all her own.
Ella Olsen
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of books set in Paris and this one was no exception. Lovingly written and descriptive, it was a joy to meander the rue(s) during the Belle Epoch with Picasso, Gertrude Stein, and many of the famous creatives from that age. An amazing story about Picasso and his lover/wife Eva Gouel.
Jan 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, historical
The major events were interesting and engaging, but it was entirely too long, filled with lots of mundane details and too many side characters.
Laura Harrison
May 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Great story... a bit over written...
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Diane Haeger, who currently writes as Anne Girard, is a bestselling author of 15 novels, most of them based on real historical figures. Since the publication of her acclaimed first novel, "Courtesan" in 1993, which remains in print today, she has traveled extensively. These research trips have taken her from the romantic halls of a French chateau, and the haunting courts and chambers of Henry VIII ...more

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