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The Painted Kiss

The Painted Kiss

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"The Painted Kiss is richly atmospheric and haunting."
Lauren Belfer

"In Elizabeth Hickey's compelling novel of tempestuous lives amid the tawdry bohemia of artists' studios and the glittering innuendo of Viennese café society, longing pulses from the page. The Painted Kiss is vivid, atmospheric, engaging, and very, very real."
Susan Vreeland

In her passionate and atmospheric debut novel, The Painted Kiss, Elizabeth Hickey reimagines the relationship between Gustav Klimt and the woman whose name he uttered with his dying breath.
Vienna in 1886 was a city of elegant cafés, grand opera houses, and a thriving and adventurous artistic community. It was there that twelve-year-old Emilie Flöge met the con-troversial libertine and painter Gustav Klimt. When Klimt is hired by Emilie's bourgeois father to give her some basic drawing lessons, he introduces her to a subculture of dissolute artists, wanton models, and decadent patrons that both terrifies and fascinates her.
The Painted Kiss follows the developing relationship between Klimt and Emilie, who blossoms from a naïve girl to a sanguine woman, becoming mistress to one of the twentieth century's most fascinating artists and the owner of an exclusive fashion house, which Klimt helps design. Fin de siècle Vienna glitters with wealthy, beautiful women for Emilie to dress in her salon and for Klimt to undress in his studio. It is a world overflowing with the greatest artists, composers, and writers of the era, and yet doomed by the imminent collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Although she is never sure of her place in Klimt's life, Emilie is a constant presence, supporting him through tragedy, self-doubt, triumph, and scandal -- and ultimately serving as the model for his greatest masterpiece.
The Painted Kiss is a moving love story that is as sensual and compelling as a work by Klimt himself.

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Hardback Editions

April 2005 : USA Hardback
Title: The Painted Kiss
Author(s): Elizabeth Hickey
ISBN: 0743492609 / 9780743492607 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
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2005 : USA Hardback
Title: The Painted Kiss: A Novel
Author(s): Elizabeth Hickey
ISBN: 1419343718 / 9781419343711 (USA edition)
Publisher: RB Large Print
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Paperback Editions

March 2006 : USA Paperback
Title: The Painted Kiss: A Novel
Author(s): Elizabeth Hickey
ISBN: 0743492617 / 9780743492614 (USA edition)
Publisher: Washington Square Press
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Kindle Editions

April 2005 : USA Kindle edition
Title: The Painted Kiss: A Novel
Author(s): Elizabeth Hickey

Publisher: Atria Books
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