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The Last Nude ➺ [Reading] ➼ The Last Nude By Ellis Avery ➯ – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Ellis Avery este autoarea bestsellerului internaţional Foc în pavilionul de ceai apărut la Humanitas Fiction în 2008 Un tur de forţă al imaginaţiei istorice romanul Ultimul nud 2012 vorbeşte d Ellis Avery este autoarea bestsellerului internaţional Foc în pavilionul de ceai apărut la Humanitas Fiction în Un tur de forţă al The Last MOBI :Ê imaginaţiei istorice romanul Ultimul nud vorbeşte despre geniu şi măiestrie artistică despre iubire şi dorinţă regrete şi mai ales despre speranţa care poate transcende momentele tragice ale istorieiRive Gauche anii ' pictori celebri aristocraţi bancheri şi artişti eros şi trădări Un roman îndrăzneţ reînviind atmosfera boemă din Parisul anilor nebuni şi evocând atât figura fascinantă şi scandaloasă a pictoriţei Tamara de Lempicka cât şi pe cea a celebrului ei model Rafaela care i a fost marea iubireParis Bois de Boulogne Tânăra Rafaela Fano are parte de o întâlnire neobişnuită o femeie care coboară dintr un strălucitor Bugatti verde îi cere să i pozeze Misterioasa şi extravaganta străină este Tamara de Lempicka artista emblematică a curentului Art Deco Senzuala Rafaela ale cărei forme voluptuoase atrag privirile bărbaţilor şi femeilor deopotrivă ajunge nu doar muza ci şi iubita contesei de Lempicka devenită o artistă respectată în efervescentul Paris al epocii jazzului după ce revoluţia bolşevică a silit o să fugă din Sankt Petersburg Rafaela inspiră cele mai celebre pânze ale artistei captând l'air du temps al acelei epoci de emancipare erotică şi abandon în voia simţurilor Însă relaţia lor va fi pusă în pericol mai întâi de inconstanţa şi orgoliul Tamarei pentru ca apoi istoria sumbră a secolului XX să aibă ultimul cuvânt.


10 thoughts on “The Last Nude

  1. Kristen Hovet Kristen Hovet says:

    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 happenings the way the characters' eyes opened in different waysI loved all of it I even loved the switch of perspective at the end which judging from many reviews most people did not like or were uncomfortable with where we enter the mind of the person in the story whom we most come to revile I love when the bad characters get to tell their side when they become less two dimensional and human We see them like a painting or photograph we might not have seen for many years in a different light I was so moved my the descriptions of the paintings that I freuently found myself visiting a website showcasing all of Tamara de Lempicka's work I did this at least four times during different parts of the novel I would click through them fascinated by the stories each one tells There are at least four of de Lempicka's paintings that I would love to have on my walls I love how Avery brought these human beings to life while adding many imaginative and bittersweet twists


  2. Holly Weiss Holly Weiss says:

    When is a muse an inspiration and when is she a plaything? The distinction is hazy in Ellis Avery’s The Last Nude1927 Paris Rafaela only wants a hundred francs to buy a black dress so she can take over her flat mate’s department store job In danger of falling into prostitution she meets Tamara De Lempicka painter of exotic sexy Art Deco and poses for several paintingsAlthough outside the parameters of what I usually read this period piece is well written and sensual The writer skillfully paints the decadent lifestyle of artists of the time The passion of the two women grows as does their disparate outlooks on life Characters are well defined We grow to despise the self centered manipulative Lempicka and empathize with Rafaela’s lost naiveté Readers will glimpse the artistic culture of 1920s Paris and enter the world of erotic lesbianism The book ends with dangling threads as it suddenly abandons the women’s relationship to finish Lempicka’s storyEllis Avery inspired by a 1927 Lempicka oil painting called Beautiful Rafaela recreates their relationship in her second historical fiction novel Another painting from their affair The Dream is the cover art for the book In an interview Avery explains that Jazz Age Paris provided the “environment in which a number of different kinds of romantic and sexual relationships between women flourished in a way they rarely had before” Ms Avery took a weeklong intensive figure painting class to learn what it’s like on the other side of the brushPenguin’s Riverhead Books Division graciously supplied the advance review copy for my unbiased opinion The book releases January 5 2012Reviewed by Holly Weiss author of Crestmont


  3. christa christa says:

    Historical fiction is essentially literary fan fiction It’s the literary part that gives it cred than “Friday Night Lights” superfans hanging out on a bulletin board dreamily considering what if Julie Taylor came out of the bathroom wrapped in a towel her lips flushed and red her skin dewy and found Tim Riggins primed and sweating Red Stripe from his pores into her duvet But at it’s core it is still fan fiction with a high percentage of words spelled correctly and void of emoticons and poorly written sex scenesWith “The Last Nude” Ellis Avery considers the subject of 1920s art deco artist Tamara De Lempicka’s six painting Rafaela series The art deco portraits star a heavy lidded woman with soft rounds of flesh all red scarves and lipsticks and shading She was one of many women De Lempicka painted and of course with whom the artist got all deep sighs and panty The novel is about their blip of a relationship set in the edgy ex pat heavy Jazz Era in Paris and features cameos from some the eras major players including Violette Morris a female boxer turned Nazi informer and Sylvia Beach of Shakespeare Company publishers of “Ulysses” Rafaela is an American girl who is en route to Italy for an arranged marriage when she jumps ship with a creeper to forge a life for herself in Paris instead She is intrigued by a Coco Chanel dress she saw once and resorts to doling out sexual favors in exchange for a new life She goes a bit wild child dancing on tables and diddling married men with her roommate Gin De Lempicka finds the girl in a seedy prostitute hangout Rafaela is looking for a friend; De Lempicka is looking for a model At first Rafaela is a substitute for a similarly shaped model a commission who has left town But De Lempicka moves on to Rafaela as a subject and the work knocks the socks off art patrons The story told mostly from Rafaela’s perspective is gripping ish Lots of lounging and grape eating followed by messing up the sheets After spending sexual energy as almost a job or a way of staying afloat Rafaela finds someone she enjoys screwing and falls hard for the artist 10 years her senior Unfortunately artists De Lempicka might be walking the walk of love but she is looking out for numero uno and pitting patron versus patron with Rafaela as a pawn Unfortunately the last fourth of the book shifts voices in a way that feels like staying a bit too long at the party The now aged artist considers her past and has her say on what it all meant What worked in Woody Allen’s movie “Midnight in Paris” monologues by Hemingway glimpses of Salvidor Dali comes across as hokey and distracting Rafaela’s new found friend and eventual savior is a character named Anson He’s a sportswriter turned go fer for a private investigator He is shades of Hemingway He is dissing F Scott Fitzgerald and fending off Rafaela’s advances with a vague medical situation caused in the war A wife and a girlfriend It’s all kind of blerg Paula McLain did it better with her account of Hadley Richardson in the novel “The Paris Wife” On the other hand “The Last Nude” is a good way to dig into the work of De Lempicka and inspires the same artistic curiosity as Steve Martin’s novel “An Object of Beauty” That alone makes this a worthwhile read


  4. C.W. C.W. says:

    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 tumultuous affair with an American born teenage muse Rafaela immortalized in Lempicka's work La Bella Rafaela Told almost entirely in Rafaela's jaded yet inherently naive voice we enter the linseed scented studio and hedonistic lifestyle of the enigmatic Tamara whose bisexuality and obscure past lends her an irresistible mystiue At only fifteen years of age Rafaela has fled her New York City home and staid disappointments of her family to join the restless youth milling about the City of Light She meets such iconic figures as Sylvia Beach founder of the Shakespeare Co bookshop and other society figures as she becomes both Tamara's principal model and lover her own ambivalent feelings toward sex awakened to a fever pitch by Tamara's robust glossy depictions of her on canvas But Tamara is far than she seems and Rafaela despite her street wise veneer becomes lost in a web of the artist's design unaware that as she dreams of love everlasting Tamara strives only for recognition and security at any costEllis Avery is an exceptionally talented and under appreciated writer whose prior novel The Teahouse Fire offered a lush portrayal of Japan Here she is in her element THE LAST NUDE is almost terse yet also deeply evocative unflinching in its paucity of florid description and searing in its focus on two women from two different worlds whose passionate collision sets off what in retrospect becomes an inevitable chain of events While Rafaela dominates the narrative Tamara's presence is inescapable Sleek as a panther her long fingers paint spattered and her nerve cold as the sculpted drapery of her portraits she embodies the Paris she inhabits where what you pretend to be is important than who you are and everything has its price In a refreshing departure from stories of tortured artists suffering for their craft Tamara exudes ambition and charisma She knows what she has and how to sell it Her interactions with Rafaela whose adoration careens against the slow burning ultimately crushing realization that her lover has claws are riveting sexy and true to lifeThe last part of the novel offers a glimpse into Tamara's later years as a retrospective of her work launches her into new found appreciation; the contrast with what has come before is masterful and chilling a fitting conclusion to a love story that cannot have a happy ending yet lingers in our memory as haunting as those who lived it


  5. Erin Erin says:

    This book was divided in to two partsthe 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 Paris She meets female painter Tamara who offers her money to pose nude They begin a sexual relationship which Rafaela believes is a love affairhowever she finds out that Tamara has been cruelly plotting behind her back to win the affections of a Baron and become his wife They have a telling dramatic fight where Tamara laughs at Rafaela and says Do you think I would marry you? You can not make me a baroness You can not give me a child and Rafaela is stunned to learn that she has been used by a woman in the same way she's been used by men Had that been the whole book I would have given it four stars because Rafaela's tale is absorbing and complicated and the descriptions of the decadent Parisian lifestyle is spot onbut the end of the book for some confusing reason switches to Tamara's point of view as an old woman and it's just senile rambling about her past where you see she was even manipulative than imagined this part of the book really took away from the novel It should have ended with Rafaela's story


  6. BAM The Bibliomaniac BAM The Bibliomaniac says:

    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 familiarI was set on giving this book a 35 4 stars and then Part 2 hit I hated Part 2 audio version It may have physically read better Also I didn't have any notes to tell me how much of the plot was based upon fact


  7. David Lentz David Lentz says:

    I received an advance copy of this novel from the 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 succeeded in conveying in the brush strokes of her words the experience of the master portrait painter with her canvas The brush strokes of the syntax are inspired and lucious and rich with well mixed colors The intriguing storyline is masterfully crafted with a magnificent interplay of light and darkness in the texture of the tale It is elegantly sensual smoldering and yet most tastefully rendered Major players of the Lost Generation in Paris appear or are named Sylvia Beach of Shakespeare Company Cocteau James Joyce Gertrude Stein Avery animates Sylvia Beach and brings her to life remarkably but much less so these charcoal sketches of famous artists and writers which I had hoped she would render with depth and daring Rafaela is a young model and the central story line concerns the relationship between the model and her painter Tamara de Lempicka The main and lesser known characters literally and figuratively are roundly drawn with fascinating idiosyncracy The connection between model and painter is portrayed realistically and the effect is powerful of their love affair and treacherous business relationship just as Paris was about to be torn apart by global strife The writing is exuisitely crafted and every sentence is a beauty a microcosm of the bigger picture a world in every word As someone who reads literary novels avidly and also writes them I know a great book when I read one and this is a major work with a timeless uality which is both dreamy in the composition and vividly real with a clarity and craftsmanship uncommonly rare Avery can defintely write and her commanding novel should prove to be one for the ages about a time before the war when art boldly sought to assert its humanity with new expression leaving the art and artists immortal For as painful as true art proves to be as a harsh mistress true art endures If you are a serious reader of literary novels then Avery's brilliant portrait work and moving layered story line will leave you breathless this is a brilliant novel beckoning exotically to be read Give in to the impulse and indulge youself in a great read


  8. Janice Janice says:

    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 challengeI didn't know anything about the Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka before reading this book One of the things I like about historical fiction is that it gives me the opportunity to learn about historical people and events This book tells the story of the relationship between Tamara de Lempinski and her model Rafaela Fano The first part of the book is narrated by Rafaela It was slow to start but just as I was about to put it aside the pace picked up I enjoyed Rafaela though I didn't think that character development in this book was strongThe last part of the book was narrated by Tamara The pace dragged down again and I realized that I didn't care enough about this woman to enjoy the final chapters She did not seem to be a likeable womanThe thing I liked the most about this book is that it inspired me to go online and look at her art I not well versed in art but I know what I like I like many of her paintings So in that respect my life has been enriched by this book


  9. Janellyn51 Janellyn51 says:

    I don't knowI 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 one or two I love Lempika's work I just don't like her I read the biography Kizette wrote about her years ago so I already knew a fair amount about her It's hard to know what's real and what's not in this book I would be interested in knowing about Raphaela but I'd like to know what's real and what isn't I'm not saying the author did a poor job of writing the book it read easily enough I have the same problem with this book that I had with Katherine Govier's book Creation about the artist Audubon which is well written and fascinating but in both books I really didn't like the central real person characters who I had formerly been in awe ofwho is self centered and doesn't care who or what they take down with them in thier pursuit of pleasure and furthering themselves The book did make me want to know about Sylvia Beach and some of the other periferal actual people in the book I also think that Lempika was one of those people who did her best work when she was young and she was put in a position I think where if she didn't change her style with the times people would have dissed her for that but her style is what made her and he later work just didn't hold up at all and some of it was just plain terrible


  10. Ann Ann says:

    I confess that prior to this novel I had not heard of the Polish art deco artist Tamta de Lempicka I do know about and enjoy details of the Lost Generation “Midnight in Paris” acuainted many people with some of these characters in Paris Avery’s novel tells some of the painter’s story letting us meet Tamara through the eyes of seventeen year old Rafaela Fano who became muse and model for de LempickaI went back and forth between de Lempicka’s paintings online and the book that imagined how each painting might have come about Rafaela is an engaging character young and naïve enough that I kept wanting to shout “Don’t do it” when she made one bad decision after another Rafaela’s point of view in the first section was for me compelling than the second section written from Tamara’s point of view All in all though I enjoyed Avery’s sensuous writing and depiction of a well known time and place with a different set of characters artists instead of writers and their possible lives


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