Wally Neuzil must find a way to feed her family. Having failed in many vocations, Wally has one last shot: esteemed artist Gustav Klimt needs a muse, and Wally could be the girl he’s been waiting for. But Wally soon discovers that there is much more to her role than just sitting looking pretty. And while she had hoped to establish herself as an emerging lady, the upper classes see her as no more than a prostitute.
With her society dreams dashed Wally finds herself at rock bottom. So when young artist, Egon Schiele, shows her how different life can be Wally grabs hold of the new start she’s been desperately seeking. As a passionate love affair ensues will he be the making of her or her undoing?
I didn’t quite know what to expect when I started The Artist’s Muse. To be honest, I figured it would be a light historical book but it ended up being so much more. Starting the book I wasn’t actually sure that I knew about the major characters of the book, Wally Neuzil or Egan Schiele but somewhere along the way I started remembering that I saw a short documentary about Wally once because some events in the story were familiar to me. I loved this, of course.
What I noticed right from the start was how beautiful the writing was. The writing style was actually really unique and I loved how Wally ometimes spoke to the reader. That, together with the elegant writing made the story even more stunning to me.
For those who don’t know, this is the story of Wally Neuzil who was the muse (hence the title) of the controversial artist Egon Schiele. They had their ups and downs together but overall you could call it a pretty toxic relationship. But I thought this only made the end so much better, in my opinion. It was all written very well.
Lately I’ve been feeling drawn to books set in the early 1900’s and The Artist’s Muse ended up being so damn good that I definitely want to continue reading books in this era. I loved it all.
Overall, The Artist’s Muse by Kerry Postle was simple a work of art. It was poignant, stunning and I could barely put the book down. It’s definitely one of my favorite books of the year!
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