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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....

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

  • 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 really sets BLOOD WATER PAINT apart is the phenomenal exploration of women's stories and women's power (or lack thereof). The touches of surreal magic woven through add a depth and richness that turns this into the ultimate ode to a woman's incredible strength. Highly recommended! (This novel reads very ...more

  • ellie

    this book is about art is art itself.

    how do i describe how much this means to me? what about this -

    i learn about artemisia gentileschi in class last year; i am in awe.

    i learn about artemisia gentileschi at 3am today; i am still in awe.

    i felt the outrage, the shame, the love, the hatred that she must've felt, that i still feel, over 400 years later. i am stumbling over my rage today as she did back then. i find comfort from her that i can't explain. just as much as she uses the stories of fierce
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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.

  • 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 the opportunity to participate in a blog tour for this book’s release, I was absolutely elated. I didn’t know much about the writing itself, but I knew that it was historical fiction (check), feminist (check), widely beloved by a slew of my favorite authors (check), and about an actual human being (c ...more

  • 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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  • Stephanie S

    I really, truly, utterly hated this book. Despite being picky, I try not to be super mean in my reviews, but this book was not at all pleasant for me to read.

    I was way excited for Blood Water Paint at first. I love Artemesia Gentileschi, and couldn't want to read this, even though I don't usually read lots of YA. I special-ordered it from the library, and thought I would definitely get a book I'd enjoy and maybe even learn from.

    Oh boy, was I wrong.

    The author took on an impressive task, in writ
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  • Laura

    I wish men

    would decide

    if women are heavenly

    angels on high,

    or earthbound sculptures

    for their gardens

    But either way we’re beauty

    for consumption.


    This was really quite powerful and beautiful and devastating all at the same time. It is based on the true story of Artemisia Gentileschi, an iconic painter from the seventeenth century. Blood Water Paint is written in verse for the majority of the novel with the exception of the stories of Judith and Susanna which are told in prose by Artemisia's mothe ...more

  • Kai

    "Those men.

    These women who dare

    to judge

    your heart

    by your body

    will never have

    an ounce of your worth.
    "

    Okay, okay, hear me out: a feminist young adult historical novel written in verse. About a female painter who wins a trial against her rapist - in 1612.

    This is the story of Artemisia Gentileschi, a young woman living in Rome with her family. Her father sells paintings signed with his name, even though it is Artemisia who does all the work. Her mother, long dead now, once told her goodnight-stories
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