The Blue Period

The Blue Period Review

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 family misfortune and their parents’ expectations, the two young artists seek their creative outlet while chasing inspiration in drugs, decadence, and the liberated women of Montmartre—creatures far different from the veiled ones back home.

The new life feels like bliss, and nothing can come between them…until a dark-haired, enigmatic muse enters the picture. The two artists’ passion for Germaine will lead to a devastating turn. Amid soul-searching and despair, however, Picasso discovers a color palette in which to render his demons and paint himself into lasting history.

Bringing the exuberance of the era vividly to life, this richly imagined portrait of Picasso’s coming of age intertwines the love, death, lust, and friendships that inspired the immortal works of a defiant master.

Title:The Blue Period
Edition Language:English

    The Blue Period Reviews

  • John Stephens

    An amazing ride!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...

  • 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...

  • Cynthia

    Broken and DepressedThis 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 ...

  • 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, bu...

  • 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 re...

  • 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. ...

  • 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 ! ...

  • 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 prett...

  • Jill Paschal

    Remarkable 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 Wi...

  • Jeff Skott

    The beginning of PicassoWonderfully 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 obs...