Blood Water Paint

Blood Water Paint Review

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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  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Mackenzi

    I LOVE this book. Official blurb/review to come. ...

  • 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 histor...

  • Amanda Rawson Hill

    I read an early version of this and Wow! I've read a lot of verse novels in my life, the poetry in this was one of the absolute best. I couldn't put it down and it stayed with me for days. Honestly, i...

  • Rachel Solomon

    Possibly the most powerful book I've ever read. ...

  • 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...

  • Cindy

    I just finished this heart-stopping debut and don't even quite have the words to describe it. Joy McCullough's verse is spare and evocative, and her rendering of Artemisia is compelling. But what real...