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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 consumemy every thought.I am a painter.I will paint.I will show youwhat a woman can do....

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ISBN : 9780735232112
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 298 pages
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Blood Water Paint Reviews

  • Giedre


    The world will tell you not to be outraged, love. They will tell you to sit quietly, be kind. Be a lady.

    And when they do? Be Judith instead.

    The Judith in question? The one that beheaded Holofernes. Specifically, Artemisia Gentileschi's artistic vision of Judith beheading Holofernes. Look it up, and then compare it to, say, Caravaggio's version. The difference between the two paintings is apparent. Now tell me you don't want to know more about Artemisia. Tell me and make me believe it.


  • Erin Bowman

    “I will show you what a woman can do.”

    As Gae Polisner said in a blurb about the book, BLOOD, WATER, PAINT is “a grave reminder of how little has changed and a hopeful testament to how much more we might achieve.” Women often have so much to lose from speaking their truth—in the 1600s and even still today. This was incredible and everyone should read it.

  • Rachel Solomon

    Possibly the most powerful book I've ever read.

  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)

    “I wish men would decide if women are heavenly angels on high, or earthbound sculptures for their gardens.”

    Wow. This book was so heavy and powerful and important. Blood Water Paint is a historical novel told in verse following the life of 17th century painter, Artemisia Gentileschi, from the loss of her mother at an early age to her rape and the trial that followed. Blood Water Paint is a moving story about women and power and resolve and it can’t be praised enough.

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  • Syd (deertales)

    this was everything i wanted it to be.

    the writing was gorgeous, i loved how the story fluctuated from a narration feel to a storytelling feel. i felt simultaneously empowered and horrified to be a woman, and closed the book feeling overwhelmed (but i couldn't decide if i was overwhelmed in a good way or a bad way).

    this is heavy though, so just know that going in. but it is a short read, and well worth it if you can handle all the triggers.

  • Rachael

    ”She is not small. She is not weak. She will never, ever be feebleminded. And above all, she is outraged.”
    This was a hard book to read in more than one way – and I eventually just had to stop around the 75 percent mark because it was getting to be too painful. I usually reserve two- and one-star ratings for books that I don’t finish, but this was, honestly, an excellent book!! Just not for me.

    Artemisia Gentileschi is one of my favorite artists and her story is astounding and inspiring, and I ...more

  • adaline

    ”I will show you

    what a woman can do.”

    Trigger warnings: sexual assault, misogyny, suicidal thoughts, violence, brief physical torture, victim-blaming, slut-shaming

    If I could tattoo the entirety of this novel on my body, I would. I’m always a little wary with books written in prose, but Blood Water Paint was absolutely gorgeous, and packed an incredible emotional punch. It pains me to think about how relevant this 400+ year old occurrence is to today’s events, and I’ll forever be enraged at the ...more

  • Karima chermiti

    Everything begins from here:

    the viewing point,

    the place where you stand,

    your eye level.

    That single point on the horizon

    where all other lines


    Sometimes it does not matter whether you loved a book or not, what matters more is what the book is trying to say or the themes the story is portraying. To say that I loved this book would be a lie because I liked it but did not love it. so the logic would say that I should give this book three stars but that would’ve been a huge mistake from my ...more