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, Fiction

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...
  • jessica
    this is a story about a young girland her bravery to make a placefor herselfin a world of men.with every stroke of her brush,she created a mural of her belonging;rich with hues of purpose,gradients of hope, and pigments of resilience. she knew that those menwho dareto judgeher heartby her bodywill never havean ounce of her worth.and so she painteda canvas filled with the lifeshe desired.the life she deserved.and it was as if the paint, which cr...
  • 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...
  • Hannah Greendale
    Artful, passionate, harrowing. This book consumed me. I've grown accustomedto the lack of lightinside our studio. But from this angleof fatigue a rayslants throughthe windowto bounce across the surfaceof the foul, gelatinouspotion I've just brewed.Beneath the light, it's a golden sea,tranquil but for the slightest breeze. A place where magic humsbeneath the surface, mermaids,water sprites, and queensof gleaming realms
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Mackenzi
    I LOVE this book. Official blurb/review to come.
  • Puck
    Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Michelangelo: just a couple of famous painters who made masterpieces. But where are the amazing female painters? What are their stories, and why do we know so little about them? Blood Water Paint responds to that by introducing us to Artemisia Gentileschi, a female Italian artist who did manage to become famous, but not wholly in the way she wished. Judith, I don’t have a sword. She reaches out,Her hands bloodst...
  • 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 ...
  • Dannii Elle
    remind me who the painter is.It's funny how the painter's not: the one with pigment smeared into her skin the one whose body is a permanent fixture in this studio as stool, palette, easel. the only one whose heart is flung across the canvas.No: the painter merely signs his name. and takes his gold.
  • Casey
    ***THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR EVERYONE***What you get out of this book, whether it speaks to you, is going to be entirely dependent upon who you are when you begin it. That statement isn't a critique of reader or writer, it's just my assessment of the style chosen by the author and the message it presents to the reader. It's unlikely that any two people will have the same experience while reading it so to fill my review with how it made me feel seems a...
  • Laura
    brillant, amazing, heartbreaking, empowering.
  • Faith Simon
    I finished this book over a week ago, so please forgive me for my brief review, some memories and therefore thoughts of the story are a bit fuzzy. I've heard nothing but great things about this book since it's been released, by pretty much everybody and their mother who's read it. So going in, I expected to be blown away by this story. In the midsts of thousands of 5 star ratings, I find I could only give this one a 3. I had no idea this book was...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Emily
    3.5 starsThis was quite good!Some things I loved:The story itself--Artemisia Gentileschi's life is fascinating, and I think McCullough did a fabulous job of picking just the right snapshots to focus on.The family dynamics--we see some... not great (read: boderline if not outright abusive) behavior from Artemisia's family, and McCullough handles those dynamics with care and with nuance.The female characters--beyond Artemisia and her family's serva...
  • Astrid Mark
    i will show you what a woman can do the writing of this book is absolutely gorgeous, and i love how mccollough intertwined artemisia's story with that of susanna and judith.this story is so passionate, stunning, inspirational and powerful. a female painter in the 1600s, insisting on going after her rapist, even if it will cost her everything
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • G.
    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...
  • Alison
    3.5 STARSI know I hate on poetry (a lot) but I love books written in prose. I think it takes the critical element of my mind away when I read a full novel story in poetry format than poems by themselves. I think the poetry aspect added something to the story because 1) it is about a creative person, and art telling art just adds to the overall story and 2) it is about an extremely hard topic (TW: Rape) and it lessens the blow without taking away ...
  • Carlos
    This book would have benefited the readers a lot more had it focused more on Artemisia achievements rather that on what happened to her . There are some historical inaccuracies and you feel like maybe the author wanted to fit Artemisia story into some current perspectives rather than focus on the real amazing artist. Good easy format that makes for a very quick read .