Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough

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 ...

Details Blood Water Paint

TitleBlood Water Paint
Release DateMar 6th, 2018
PublisherDutton Books for Young Readers
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Poetry

Reviews Blood Water Paint

  • 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 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 moth...
  • 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 favori...
  • 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 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 S...
  • 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 chief power out of emotionality and importance.If you've read the blurb, you know this follows the story of 17th-century painter Artemisia Gentileschi. Or at least, the beginning of her story. When she was seventeen, Artemisia had taken on most of the du...
  • 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 ignoring my suspicions that this book was going to be too young and too heavy-handed for me. I really should have listened to my gut on this one.Artemisia Gentileschi was an Italian Baroque painter, whose works are often overshadowed by the fact that she w...
  • Mackenzi
    I LOVE this book. Official blurb/review to come.
  • 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 me want to go out and learn everything possible about Artemesia, which is my absolute favorite result of historical fiction based on real people., so good.
  • Ana
    “And listen to me love, when a woman risks her place, her very life to speak a truth the world despises? Believe her. Always.”Artemisia Gentileschi was the first woman ever admitted into the Accademia dell’Arte del Disegno in Florence, the first to live and paint at the court of Charles I of England, and the first sexual assault survivor to win a legal battle against her aggressor. Blood Water Paint is a feminist historical novel written ...
  • 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 writing and plot were so captivating.BLOOD WATER PAINT follows Artemisia, a young artist living in 17th century Italy, who lives to paint, paints to live. In the aftermath of rape, Artemisia tries to find solace in a couple of her painting’s subje...
  • Laura
    brillant, amazing, heartbreaking, empowering.
  • ellie
    this book is about art is art 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 expla...
  • 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 i...
  • 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 wro...
  • Giedre
    4.5/5The 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 abou...
  • Karima chermiti
    Everything begins from here:the viewing point,the place where you stand,your eye level.That single point on the horizonwhere all other linesconverge. 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 sta...
  • Marissa
    4.5 stars
  • Katherine
    ”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.” 3.75 out of 5 starsThis probably wasn’t the author intention in the slightest but this novel is timely as hell, and not in a good way. It shows the brutality that women had to go through back then at the hands of men, as we still do now. It shows a culture of sexism, misogyny, rape culture, and shee...
  • Zyra
    A very beautiful book. depicts everything thing as it should be. really liked the writing style. very different from other books.I loved just how courageous & brave the women in this book were. all though all of them had no other option than being strong. but still goes to show just how powerful a women can be when she has to. all in all loved it.
  • 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...
  • Jordan Davidson
    I buddy-read this with a close friend and fellow Goodreads user. Both of us were excited to pick this up; both of us were less excited when we finally did begin reading it and realized it was mostly in (poorly-written, by the way) verse; and both of us were left ultimately disappointed, to say the least.The writing in this is just bad. It's unnecessarily written in a verse format, and while verse isn't my favorite thing to read it can be - and ha...
  • 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, it's been six months since I read and I still find myself thinking about it. This will haunt you in the best ways.
  • Serena | TheBookUnicorns
    This book was SO AMAZING. 5/5 stars for sure.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Blood Water Paint follows the story of Artemisia Gentileschi, a 17 year old painter living in Rome in 1610. Her mother died when she was 12, and since then she has been painting for her father. Yet the world was not a friendly place for women in this time, and in the aftermath of a violent rape Artemisia has to chose whether to remain silent or speak out.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀I’ve...
  • K.A.
    It's not very often I read a book that understands much of the way my heart was broken so many years ago. That holds my hand and cries with me. That stands alongside me and stares the horror in the eye. These are not stories we like to talk about, not monsters we like to expose to the light. But they are stories that need to be told. And this story is one of them. BLOOD WATER PAINT is so powerful and empowering. The poetry, the art, the strength,...
  • 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 st...
  • Rachel Solomon
    Possibly the most powerful book I've ever read.
  • 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.