The Blue Period by Luke Jerod Kummer

The Blue Period

A riveting novel about the tragic romance that nearly destroyed a young Pablo Picasso—while granting him his first flight of creative genius. From rowdy Barcelona barrooms to the incandescent streets of turn-of-the-century Paris, Pablo Picasso experiences the sumptuous highs and seedy lows of bohemian life alongside his rebellious poet friend with a shadowy past, Carles Casagemas.Fleeing family misfortune and their parents’ expectations, the ...

Details The Blue Period

TitleThe Blue Period
Release DateJul 1st, 2019
PublisherLittle A
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Art

Reviews The Blue Period

  • John Stephens
    An amazing ride!To be quite honest, I’m not a fan of Picasso’s work for the most part. I respect his talent, it just doesn’t appeal to my eye (give me Monet instead), but this book came up on my First Reads list and sounded like fun. It was more than fun, it’s a beautifully set piece of history told in a fictional style and, in a locale that I love (Paris), and was just a stellar read.
  • Ruth Chatlien
    DNF. One look at my book list would reveal I love books about artists. Not this one. I found the writing style clumsy and the story seedy and uninspiring. I finally gave up about 40% into the book. It may have been free as an Amazon Prime First Read but the cost in time of finishing it is just too high.
  • Cynthia
    Broken and DepressedThis book teaches more about the seedier side of Paris than about Picasso . Too much sex including prostitutes, models, each other and the prevalence of syphilis than I personally wanted or needed to know. I gave this a 3 star rating instead of the 2 star rating I wanted to originally give this book simply because it did tell about many intimate social issues of that time . The Blue period was very much about the the plight of...
  • Michelle Only Wants to Read
    4-5 (I wish it would have included photos or excerpts of the letters referenced in the work)This book was my June's selection of Amazon First Reads. From the moment I saw the cover, I knew I had to read it. What I didn't know was how fascinating the story would be. Even though it is historical fiction, the author discusses at the end of the book his extensive research to develop this story. I have always know who Picasso was, and I knew about his...
  • Judith
    I had mixed feelings about reading this book. After viewing an exhibit of Picasso's painting I came away with admiration of his skill and artistry but also apalledd wlth his apparent hatred of women. He used and abused women in his life. The book is a good, informative read of his young life as he found his fortune in Spain and Paris. It treats him as a person not an icon. Recommenced for all who like to read about the awakening and flourishing o...
  • Gabriela
    A very informative and beautifully written book by Luke Jerod Kummer! Great insight into the beginnings of Picasso's genius and successful career ...a must read !
  • Ira Therebel
    I find the idea of historical fiction with a real life person to be pretty interesting. And this one was about young Picasso during his time in Paris. So pretty fascinating.But it ended up being pretty disappointing. It was so incredibly boring. I didn't feel like much was happening. I didn't feel the personality and connections of the characters, I didn't feel the atmosphere. And this again with almost no actual story. I have a feeling that an a...
  • Jill Paschal
    Remarkable I have to say when I first began reading this book, I wasn’t quite sure that I would be much interested in finishing it, but I am thrilled that I did. This book reads like “The Paris Wife”, but unlike the fore mentioned book, The Blue Period offers the reader a true insight to Pablo Picasso’s early life and his struggles to make a name for himself. Description throughout the book is written superbly drawing the reader deeper in...
  • Jeff Skott
    The beginning of PicassoWonderfully researched historical fiction and you feel like you are in Picasso's head at points in the book. You also find yourself screaming at Picasso for sliding back to will know what I mean when you get there. You will smell the sea air in Malaga and walk the streets of Montmartre with Picasso. It is that good a book!
  • Diana Williams
    PicasoThis I enjoyed because it was about Picaso an artist I love. I had not heard much about his early life. His struggle to start painting was immense. His young life was hard, so he had the blue period. It was a nice change of pace.
  • Piotr Halaczkiewicz
    A well told story that paints Picasso’s early life in wordsI wasn’t sure what to expect but once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. I knew little about Picasso’s life or art and thanks to the book, not only have a better understanding behind his early work, but also the life of artists and people of the period. I would recommend this for anyone who wants a great story about life and how it shapes us.
  • Laurel
    EnthrallingWhile this novel may be fiction, it was quite fascinating. I really felt like I was inside Pablo's head while reading. All of his pain, his struggles, his loss, I felt like I was there with him throughout all of it. I got this book as a First Read, and I'm very glad that I did.
  • Luanne Smith
    Engaging and thoughtfully written. I'd been researching the period and Picasso's early years in Paris already, so the subject and style both appealed to me. Found it very interesting.
  • Daniel Allen
    It’s generally a good sign if a book can distract you from aspects of your life (some may argue that this is, in fact, one of the main appeals of books), it’s a particularly good sign if it can distract you from some of life’s necessities, and finally, an even greater sign if someone like me — whose love for food is sometimes worrying — goes on an accidental 20 hour fast because the book is more interesting than any culinary dish. What...
  • john calkin
    Make sure you have your expectations in line before you start this novel. It is not about art appreciation. It is not about art instruction. It is not about art history. It is not a warm and fuzzy read. It is a biography of Picasso's life until the time he is 20 or so. It is about artists in Spain and France who make no money yet are prepared to go hungry and dirty rather than give up their devotion to their calling, with a strong focus on Picass...
  • Linda
    Grim readingIf the author intended for his readers to become as depressed as Picasso was in his early years, he succeeded. This novel depicts the childhood and young adulthood of this prolific artist. Taught to paint by his father, he escapes to Paris to find himself and gets embroiled in a life full of poverty and debauchery that would depress the most positive among us. His best friend's suicide and a bout with syphilis send him into a tailspin...
  • Tavia Olive
    Great historical fiction!I loved reading about Picasso’s early life in Spain and eagerly looked up the images of each painting as it was mentioned in the book. It was really nice to see how he progressed from one style to the next and to understand what events *might* have precipitated each style. I have been to some of the cities and areas where Picasso spent his life, and I have to say the author really found a way to bring these places to li...
  • Cynthia Scott
    Very good and complete picture of this fascinating and extremely complex man from his youth on. His early training, his relationship with his father, the gradual decline in his family's economic and social position, and the disruptive moves around Spain and later, France. I had the good luck to see some of the very early, classical paintings he did as a teenager years ago in Barcelona. It was a great surprise and this small exhibition had no expl...
  • Linz Bassett
    It's been a while since I've put something on my disappointing shelf. Unfortunately, this had to go on there. I didn't feel like anything ever actually happened in The Blue Period by Luke Jerod Kummer. It felt very repetitive and uninteresting. The language, specifically the dialogue, was awkward and hard to get through. I thought it'd be a lot more about the paintings than what was there. When it went into details of his paintings, the book was ...
  • Nicholas Finch
    I’ll admit it, this book was a slog of a read that I had to keep putting down from time to time, in order to distract myself with other things.It’s hard work, much like making great art.But the author encapsulates everything a ‘Blue Period’ means in every sense of the word, and doesn’t paint over the cracks and wrinkles of the detail.Depressing, grim, desperate, heavy, infinitely sad, but written with excellence, I was particularly take...
  • Jen
    Actual rating: 3.5 starsThis book was at times immensely engaging, but often punctuated with tangential narrations or side stories. As an artist that has studied Picasso’s work, I really enjoyed reading about his life and the events that led him to be the artist he was. The author researched a number of different sources for the accurate descriptions of pigments, artworks, and locations, but clearly took liberties with much of the dialogue or c...
  • Kristine
    The Blue Period by Luke Jerod Kummer is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late July.Second-person narration of Picasso’s early life, which paints him as a sardonic, stoic, pompous, and somewhat sourpuss observer. He learns the essentials of art from his dad, Don Jose, before going into art school and meeting people influential in his life, namely Pajaresco and his beloved Carles. The book then goes into his travels throughout Spain and Fran...
  • Dr. Pj Forrest
    Picasso Interesting, Book - BoringI was bored from page 1. I kept reading only because the book was about Pablo Picasso. It was interesting to learn some things about his life. It was interesting to learn about his friend Carles, with whom I was unacquainted. It was interesting to learn the source of inspiration of some of Picasso’s work. The writing? Not so interesting. The book was well researched and the fictional imaginings were based on hi...
  • Patti Graham
    I enjoyed this novel by Kummer. Felt like I was possibly reading Picasso's diary. Interesting and, at times, shocking to learn of the artists earlier times before his work was truly appreciated. Would have liked to see less about the sexual depravity of his time and more about the reception of individual pieces of his art at the time.This first published book, which I received as a Giveaway from GR, kept my attention throughout. Would love to hav...
  • Stormy Bell
    2.5 stars, rounded to three.I really wanted to like this book. But none of the characters, including Picasso himself, ever felt three-dimensional. For that reason, reading the book was a slog, and I almost gave up several times. I never felt myself truly engaged, and I finished more from a sense of duty than enjoyment. On the positive side, the author can definitely write. I would consider giving another of his books a try, this one was just most...
  • Tim Oberholzer
    A novel about a name3 stars = average. The story was engaging as the story and foundation of Picasso's blue period was established. However, the story seemed to run out of steam and character once Pablo was ensconced in the blues. Engaging personalities evaporated. To the author's credit, maybe that was the point. But the art and intensity didn't carry through. I had to make an effort to keep returning to the novel and finish it out.
  • Maura Kennedy
    Helped me know Paris and early PicassoEasy reading for a complicated topic. Mr. Kummer made the very young Piccaso so real. Knowing his art and fame now makes an Emerson quote I recently read fit: "The years teach us what the days never knew." I saw the struggle the young artist had. Back then he didn't know. The author has a great imagination . Close to truth as Yates said. A very good read. I will now look at his art in my art book!
  • Sheri
    I absolutely adored this book! I know very little about Pablo Picasso other than his more famous pieces, but this book had me looking up things as I went and was difficult to put down. Completely engrossing, sometimes uplifting, at times devastating, and always pulling you along for the ride. A must-read for any historical fiction or art fans.