The Blue Period

The Blue Period

A riveting novel about the tragic romance that nearly destroyed a young Pablo Picasso—while granting him his first flight of creative genius. From rowdy Barcelona barrooms to the incandescent streets of turn-of-the-century Paris, Pablo Picasso experiences the sumptuous highs and seedy lows of bohemian life alongside his rebellious poet friend with a shadowy past, Carles Casagemas.Fleeing familyCasagemas.Fleeing...

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Title:The Blue Period
Author:Luke Jerod Kummer
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The Blue Period Reviews

  • Judith

    I had mixed feelings about reading this book. After viewing an exhibit of Picasso's painting I came away with admiration of his skill and artistry but also apalledd wlth his apparent hatred of women. He used and abused women in his life. The book is a good, informative read of his young life as he found his fortune in Spain and Paris. It treats him as a person not an icon. Recommenced for all who like to read about the awakening and flourishing of the art process.

  • Jeff Skott

    Wonderfully researched historical fiction and you feel like you are in Picasso's head at points in the book. You also find yourself screaming at Picasso for sliding back to obscurity...you will know what I mean when you get there. You will smell the sea air in Malaga and walk the streets of Montmartre with Picasso. It is that good a book!

  • John Stephens

    To be quite honest, I’m not a fan of Picasso’s work for the most part. I respect his talent, it just doesn’t appeal to my eye (give me Monet instead), but this book came up on my First Reads list and sounded like fun.

    It was more than fun, it’s a beautifully set piece of history told in a fictional style and, in a locale that I love (Paris), and was just a stellar read.

  • Gabriela

    A very informative and beautifully written book by Luke Jerod Kummer! Great insight into the beginnings of Picasso's genius and successful career ...a must read !

  • Jill Paschal

    I have to say when I first began reading this book, I wasn’t quite sure that I would be much interested in finishing it, but I am thrilled that I did. This book reads like “The Paris Wife”, but unlike the fore mentioned book, The Blue Period offers the reader a true insight to Pablo Picasso’s early life and his struggles to make a name for himself. Description throughout the book is written superbly drawing the reader deeper into this historical fiction. I had to stop-pause for a mome

    I have to say when I first began reading this book, I wasn’t quite sure that I would be much interested in finishing it, but I am thrilled that I did. This book reads like “The Paris Wife”, but unlike the fore mentioned book, The Blue Period offers the reader a true insight to Pablo Picasso’s early life and his struggles to make a name for himself. Description throughout the book is written superbly drawing the reader deeper into this historical fiction. I had to stop-pause for a moment to remember that it was actually fiction as one starts to truly believe that you’re there witnessing what’s taking place. Having visited Barcelona and the Picasso museum, I have a much greater appreciation of the artist work and the deeper meanings behind his earlier pieces. It makes me want to revisit Barcelona and view the city through the “bugeyes” (term used in the book) of Pablo. What an unexpected and truly good read that I stumbled upon!

  • Michelle Only Wants to Read

    4-5 (I wish it would have included photos or excerpts of the letters referenced in the work)

    This book was my June's selection of Amazon First Reads. From the moment I saw the cover, I knew I had to read it. What I didn't know was how fascinating the story would be.

    Even though it is historical fiction, the author discusses at the end of the book his extensive research to develop this story. I have always know who Picasso was, and I knew about his different periods, but I didn't know

    the blue period happ

    4-5 (I wish it would have included photos or excerpts of the letters referenced in the work)

    This book was my June's selection of Amazon First Reads. From the moment I saw the cover, I knew I had to read it. What I didn't know was how fascinating the story would be.

    Even though it is historical fiction, the author discusses at the end of the book his extensive research to develop this story. I have always know who Picasso was, and I knew about his different periods, but I didn't know

    the blue period happened. The tragic and emotional story behind the endless cerulean and cobalt blue strokes.

    There is no way to say there are "spoilers" in this review, as one can just read about it online. Picasso's life is well documented, after all. It was the way the story was revealed and carefully elaborated what made it special to me. I felt as if I was back in 1901 Paris when Montmartre was considered the poor and red district of Paris, instead of the fashionable and fancy neighborhood it has become in the present. I loved reading about old Barcelona, about the Catalans endless (to this date) internal conflict with Spain. A subject as old as back when the Borgias ruled Italy, and as fresh as reading today's news. I felt Pablo's hunger and cold struggle with poverty. His conflictive relationship with his father, the infinite drive to succeed regardless of the obstacles he faced. I mourned the death of Carles Casagemas with him. One has to

    see the Blue Period artwork to feel the sadness and despair he experienced during that time. It seems as if he always knew there was something different about him. He called it

    in the book, and it is a difficult expression to translate. Some kind of magic within himself. I wonder if at any time in his older years--as he was a wealthy and renown artist--if he reminisced about these times, and if he did, what he made out of it. From unknown starving artist to icon in a long lifetime.

    I would have read this book in one sitting, but I found myself doing my own research and spending hours on museums websites, and reading multiple articles linked to this story. I have been so rewarded by finding more information about most of the people mentioned in the book and being able to look at the artwork referred to in the story with new eyes, and seeing Picasso not just as "the father of Cubism," but as a human being.

    I always thought this was a strange painting that did not make any sense. I can see now, that it makes all the sense, and perfectly summarizes the life-changing experiences of his youth.

    Picasso,

    , 1903

  • Cynthia

    This book teaches more about the seedier side of Paris than about Picasso . Too much sex including prostitutes, models, each other and the prevalence of syphilis than I personally wanted or needed to know. I gave this a 3 star rating instead of the 2 star rating I wanted to originally give this book simply because it did tell about many intimate social issues of that time . The Blue period was very much about the the plight of a starving artist.

  • Ira Therebel

    I find the idea of historical fiction with a real life person to be pretty interesting. And this one was about young Picasso during his time in Paris. So pretty fascinating.

    But it ended up being pretty disappointing. It was so incredibly boring. I didn't feel like much was happening. I didn't feel the personality and connections of the characters, I didn't feel the atmosphere. And this again with almost no actual story. I have a feeling that an actual biography of Picasso could be mu

    I find the idea of historical fiction with a real life person to be pretty interesting. And this one was about young Picasso during his time in Paris. So pretty fascinating.

    But it ended up being pretty disappointing. It was so incredibly boring. I didn't feel like much was happening. I didn't feel the personality and connections of the characters, I didn't feel the atmosphere. And this again with almost no actual story. I have a feeling that an actual biography of Picasso could be much more interesting if written in a better way. And in this case I wonder why write a novel if it doesn't add anything to the character in it?

    I give it an extra point just because it seemed to be well researched and makes me want to read more about the artist and time period.

  • Ruth Chatlien

    DNF. One look at my book list would reveal I love books about artists. Not this one. I found the writing style clumsy and the story seedy and uninspiring. I finally gave up about 40% into the book. It may have been free as an Amazon Prime First Read but the cost in time of finishing it is just too high.

  • Becky

    I was really hoping this story would immerse me in the art world of Picasso, but it really just focused on all his whoring around. I kept reading hoping I would get to a part that would draw me in, but I’m finally calling it quits.

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