Paris 1917. For twenty-five years, the legendary Marthe has been Pierre Bonnard’s companion and muse. His new model Renée, lovely and captivating, thinks it’s time her rival stepped aside. But Marthe won’t give up her place in history without a fight. An artist may have many models but there can be only one muse.
‘Fascinating and tragic, Painted Ladies brilliantly depicts the dynamic between painter and model, power and vulnerability. Renée’s voice, with echoes of Jean Rhys’s heroines, resonates long.’
‘A beautifully written and compelling story of beauty, art and rivalry.’