Lovers of art and historical fiction, this one’s for you.
Picasso’s Revenge by Caroline and Ray Foulk is set in Paris in the early 1920’s. Courtier and patron of the arts, Jacques Doucet, descends into the world of anarchist art, the occult and the dark turmoil of his past – involving the death of his beloved Madame R.
When troubled Doucet acquires the world’s most dangerous painting, it causes him to hack at the root of Picasso’s darkest secrets. Doucet showcases a fabulous art collection with such frenzied energy he destroys himself. Unwittingly in the process he discovers modern art’s incredible genesis.
This is a bit of a hard one for me to write because I didn’t connect with the story. I love historical fiction but I’m not really a lover of art. And Picasso’s Revenge had a much stronger emphasis on art than I thought it would have. That’s not to say that it wasn’t a great book. Because it was. It just wasn’t for me. But don’t click off just yet. If you like historical fiction and are a lover of art, I’m going to tell you why you should pick up a copy.
This is based on the lives of real people. Even I know Pablo Picasso so, if you are a fan of his era and the artists of the time, this will be an absolute delight for you. Now, in terms of his personal life, I don’t know what was fact and what was fiction, but it was nice to have such a legendary figure come to life for me in some way or another.
If you are less of an art buff but you find this book intriguing, it will serve as an introduction into how modern art was born. I found this particularly interesting, as well as the insights into the Paris of the 1920s. It had Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald vibes and I loved that.
If you do decide to read Picasso’s Revenge as a fictional introduction into the era, I would recommend Googling the characters and pieces mentioned as you read. It was a big help in piecing things together for me.
Overall, I’m not sure if I’m the market for this book but I enjoyed what it taught me about modern art.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.