Summer Reading - Novels About Artists

Summer is for light reading by the pool or on the deck, but you can still enjoy lots of books while maintaining a tie to your art business.

Here is a list of novels that have artists as their main character.

My Favorites

The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova

Spending by Mary Gordon

An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin

Others I’ve Read In Past Few Years

The Only True Genius in the Family by Jeannie Nash

Sacré Bleu by Christopher Moore
A weird romp (as only Christopher Moore can do) with van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Gauguin and others.

Novels I Read Long Ago

I read these many many years ago, but enjoyed them enough to keep them around.

Masterpiece by former Metropolitan director Thomas Hoving
World-class museum directors vie for the acquisition of a famed painting by Velazquez.

Masterclass by Morris West
Murder mystery in the art world.

On My Bed Stand To Read Next

The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro
This novel is built around the real-life 1990 theft at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Others Recommend

Two or more people on my Facebook page have recommended these books.

Notes from an Exhibition by Patrick Gale

Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood

Passion of Artemisia by Susan Vreeland

Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

The Thomas Crown Affair by Evan Lee Heyman

You can read all of the other novels that were mentioned in the comments on this Facebook post.

What books of fiction about art, artists, the artist-life have you enjoyed?

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