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, Favorites

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...
  • Mackenzi
    I LOVE this book. Official blurb/review to come.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Rachel Solomon
    Possibly the most powerful book I've ever read.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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,...
  • Nicole Brinkley
    Ellen Hopkins meets Ruta Sepetys in Joy McCullough's stunning debut novel. Artemisia Gentileschi is one of the most famous female painters in history—but first, she was a woman fighting for her own voice to be heard. This novel-in-verse tells the tale of her teenage years, of her stumbles into the women who would become the subjects of her most famous paintings and of the rapist who would take everything from her. Raw, unflinching, and ultimate...
  • adaline
    ”I will show youwhat a woman can do.” Trigger warnings: sexual assault, misogyny, suicidal thoughts, violence, brief physical torture, victim-blaming, slut-shamingIf 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...
  • Shan
    Beautiful. This is mostly written in verse, which was new to me but my YA-loving daughter tells me it's not that uncommon in young adult lit. The main story, based on the true story of the 17th-century painter Artemisia Gentileschi, is in verse, and the subplots about Bible characters Susanna (the one spied upon in her bath by lecherous elders) and Judith (the one who cut off the enemy army leader's head) are in prose. I expected it to be hard to...
  • Cara (Wilde Book Garden)
    This is a fierce, beautiful, heart-breaking/mending story of a lesser-known historical woman--one whom I will never forget. Artemisia Gentileschi was incredibly strong and talented, and this book absolutely does her justice.Full review to come on my BookTube channel, but this is my favorite book of the year so far.
  • Vicky Who Reads
    5 starsBased on the true story of the iconic painter, Artemisia Gentileschi, Blood Water Paint is a stunning debut in verse on feminism, rape, and justice in a historical setting.Artemisia Gentileschi's mother died when she was twelve and she now lives with her father, painting his commissions as he signs his name on her work. Rome in 1610 is a dangerous place as men take what they want and Artemisia is faced with a choice between a life of silen...
  • Alyssa
    This book is a beautifully tragic retelling of the story of Artemisia Gentileschi, a painter living in 17th century Rome. I cannot recommend it enough. Written in verse, this book simultaneously reveals so much in very little words while also describing details commonly left out in storytelling. I found that the verse style made the writing have a much greater impact on the reader, as it added a poetic feeling that flowed well but also showed the...
  • Aitana
    From the beginning, I knew that this was going to be a book that I fell in love with, and fall I did. The verse that McCullough uses throughout the book is lyrical and powerful at the same time, mirroring the writing of my favorite poets, and in conjunction with the importance of Artemisia's story makes for a book that all teenage girls should read, especially in a society where sexual harassment and rape culture are increasingly prevalent.Recent...