The Painted Kiss
By Elizabeth Hickey
(Washington Square Press, Paperback, 9780743492614, 288pp.)
Publication Date: March 2006
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Vienna in 1886 was a city of elegant cafes, 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 naive 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.
Elizabeth Hickey is the author of The Painted Kiss. She earned an MFA from Columbia University and lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and son.