The Last Nude

The Last Nude

A stunning story of love, sexual obsession, treachery, and tragedy, about an artist and her most famous muse in Paris between the World Wars.

Paris, 1927. In the heady years before the crash, financiers drape their mistresses in Chanel, while expatriates flock to the avant-garde bookshop Shakespeare and Company. One day in July, a young American named Rafaela Fano gets into the car of a coolly dazzling stranger, the Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka.

Struggling to halt a downward slide toward prostitution, Rafaela agrees to model for the artist, a dispossessed Saint Petersburg aristocrat with a murky past. The two become lovers, and Rafaela inspires Tamara's most iconic Jazz Age images, among them her most accomplished—and coveted—works of art. A season as the painter's muse teaches Rafaela some hard lessons: Tamara is a cocktail of raw hunger and glittering artifice. And all the while, their romantic idyll is threatened by history's darkening tide.

Inspired by real events in de Lempicka's history, The Last Nude is a tour de force of historical imagination. Avery gives the reader a tantalizing window into a lost Paris, an age already vanishing as the inexorable forces of history close in on two tangled lives. Spellbinding and provocative, The Last Nude is a novel about genius and craft, love and desire, regret, and, most of all, hope that can transcend time and circumstance.

Title:The Last Nude
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781594488139
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    The Last Nude Reviews

  • Kristen Hovet

    I haven't given five stars to a book in a long time, so that's something! This was such a beautiful book to read. I loved the subtle, smooth writing style, the descriptions of everyday objects and hap...

  • Holly Weiss

    When is a muse an inspiration and when is she a plaything? The distinction is hazy in Ellis Avery’s The Last Nude.1927 Paris, Rafaela only wants a hundred francs to buy a black dress so she can take...

  • christa

    Historical fiction is, essentially, literary fan fiction. It’s the literary part that gives it more cred than “Friday Night Lights” superfans hanging out on a bulletin board dreamily considering...

  • Erin

    This book was divided in to two parts..the first 80% was told from the viewpoint of Rafaela, a 17 year old runaway who has been prostituting herself to unattractive, wealthy men to get by in 1920's Pa...

  • C.W.

    With razor-sharp prose and an unapologetic lack of sentimentality, THE LAST NUDE depicts a pivotal time in 1920s Paris, during the life of the acclaimed Art Deco painter, Tamara Lempicka, and her tumu...

  • BAM The Bibliomaniac

    I've read many artistic historical fiction novels, but this is the first I've read from a female artist perspective. And it's an artist with whom I am not at all familiar.I was set on giving this book...

  • Penny

    Undoubtedly, this was a very distinguishable read. As in strikingly unique and beautiful. Ellis Avery manages to combine two of my favorite types of prose: the lyrical one and the visceral one. Clearl...

  • David Lentz

    I received an advance copy of this novel from the Amazon VINE Program for which I am a reviewer. The writing style of Ellis Avery is glorious beyond belief. It's as if a truly gifted writer sought and...

  • Janice

    I gave myself a personal challenge this year and that was to read a new release each month. This was my first read in the challenge.I didn't know anything about the Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka...

  • Janellyn51

    I don't know...I just didn't like it all that much. I paint myself, and really I just copy stuff that I like and I'm pretty good at it. I've done several Lempika's, Saint Morritz, and Spring, another ...