Blood Water Paint

Blood Water Paint

A debut novel based on the true story of the iconic painter, Artemisia Gentileschi.

Her mother died when she was twelve, and suddenly Artemisia Gentileschi had a stark choice: a life as a nun in a convent or a life grinding pigment for her father's paint.

She chose paint.

By the time she was seventeen, Artemisia did more than grind pigment. She was one of Rome's most talented painters, even if no one knew her name. But Rome in 1610 was a city where men took what they wanted from women, and in the aftermath of rape Artemisia faced another terrible choice: a life of silence or a life of truth, no matter the cost.

He will not consume
my every thought.
I am a painter.
I will paint.

I will show you
what a woman can do.

Title:Blood Water Paint
Edition Language:English
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  • Kai

    "Those men.These women who dareto judgeyour heartby your bodywill never havean ounce of your worth."Okay, okay, hear me out: a feminist young adult historical novel written in verse. About a female pa...

  • jessica

    this is a story about a young girland her bravery to make a placefor herselfin a world of men.with every stroke of her brush,she created a mural of her belonging;rich with hues of purpose,gradients of...

  • destiny ? [howling libraries]

    Content warnings: sexual assault, misogyny, suicidal thoughts, violence, brief physical torture, victim-blaming, slut-shaming, murder, betrayal. I will show you what a woman can do. When I was given t...

  • Hannah Greendale

    Artful, passionate, harrowing. This book consumed me. I've grown accustomedto the lack of lightinside our studio. But from this angleof fatigue a rayslants throughthe windowto bounce across the surfa...

  • Laura

    I wish menwould decideif women are heavenlyangels on high,or earthbound sculpturesfor their gardensBut either way we’re beautyfor consumption. This was really quite powerful and beautiful and devas...

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    This is a hard book to decently review. It's a verse novel, first of all. I think it's nigh-impossible to review a verse novel well. And this is not just a verse novel; it is a book that gets its chie...

  • Tatiana

    I am all for feminism, but this novel is so blunt in its I-am-woman-oppressed-by-the-men-who-are-all-EVIL message, it hurts. I believe the feminist agenda can be brought across more effectively by too...

  • Rachel

    I really wanted to love this book. I studied art history extensively in college, I love Artemisia Gentileschi, and the promise of a story from her perspective was so tantalizing that I ended up ignori...

  • alice (arctic books)

    Simply put, BLOOD WATER PAINT is a stunning and heartbreaking novel. I finished this in one sitting, partly because it was in free verse so the pages went by incredibly quickly, and partly because the...

  • Dahlia

    That was really incredibly done. It's so beautifully historical but thoroughly modern at the same time, and so skillful at its depiction and articulation of the male gaze vs. the female one. This made...