Books set in France – Eight novels that bring French artists to life

In sorting through the books set in France we have on the main site, I couldn’t help but notice how many of those novels were to do with art or artists. It makes sense though – one of the first things to pop into your mind when you think of France (after the Eiffel Tower, champagne and berets of course) is bound to be something to do with art. Maybe the Louvre, or an artist (perhaps with a beret!) painting someone’s portrait in Montmartre, or even Monet’s famous painting of his bridge at Giverny.

So – there’s no point in resisting.

If you are going to Paris there’s a good chance that you are going to come across art in some way or another. So, the best thing to do is to arm yourself with a load of novels that will immerse you in the art world of the Belle Époque (Beautiful Era) and by the time you arrive in Paris you will know more that you could possibly imagine about the art on offer when you get there. You’ll probably know a fair bit about the streets of Montmartre as well!

So here it is.

A list of eight novels set in France about French art and artists

Dancing for DegasDancing for Degas by Kathryn Wagner The story of a young ballerina at Paris’ Opera Ballet modeling for the Impressionist painter Edger Degas.

Claude and Camille Claude and Camille by Stephanie Cowell Fictionalised version of the relationship between artist Claude Monet and his muse Camille.

I am Madame XI am Madame X by Gioia Diliberto When John Singer Sargent’s portrait of socialite Virginie Gautreau was shown in Paris 1884, it caused a scandal.

Sunflowers Sunflowers by Sheramy Bundrick Artist Vincent Van Gogh’s descent into madness through the eyes of the prostitute Rachel.

Cezanne's Quarry by Barbara CorradoCezanne’s Quarry by Barbara Corrado Artist Paul Cezanne is caught up in the mystery surrounding the murder of a mysterious young woman in Aix-en-Provence.

Depths of Glory by Irving Stone Depths of Glory by Irving Stone The story of Camille Pissarro one of the main figures of the Impressionist movement.

Lydia Cassatt Reading The Morning Paper by Harriett Scott Chessman Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper by Harriett Scott Chessman The story of Lydia, whose sister Mary was  at the center of the Impressionist movement in Paris.

Luncheon of the Boating Party Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland Focuses on one of Renoir’s instantly recognizable masterpieces,  and imagines the story arounds its creation.

It’s a delightful mix of novels that blend fact and fiction to make the art and artists of the time come alive, forever changing how you look at their work. And what’s even better is the way the same characters appear in lots of the different books – you will feel like a member of the Impressionist family yourself if you manage to read all of these. I am certainly planning on giving it a good go. Why not join me?

Suzi

P.S. If you’d like to delve beyond the art world, see what other books set in France we have discovered.

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Books set in France – Now it’s Easier Than Ever to Find Them!

Image by Simona DumitruJust in time for Bastille Day, Packabook is delighted to announce that you can now find books set in France categorized by regions and cities.

To give it a try, visit the France page, look over to the right and you will see that the fiction category has been divided into several places to choose from, such as the Riviera, the Loire Valley and of course Paris.

As you might expect, the vast majority of books are set in Paris – almost 50 so far. There are books in which Paris is almost a character itself, like Foreign Tongue by Vanina Marsot, and there are classics like Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises and George Orwell’s Down and Out in Paris and London.

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If you are looking for something a little lighter, you could try A Year in the Merde by Stephen Clarke or Blame it on Paris by Laura Florand. And if crime novels are your thing, then most of the wonderful Chief Inspector Adamsberg mysteries are set in Paris.  Just think, with so many to choose from – you could read a book a week and still find yourself in Paris after nearly a year!

We are really keen to build up our selection of novels set OUTSIDE of Paris – so would love to hear your suggestions. Do you know of any books set on the Riviera or in the French countryside that we don’t have listed? Let us know in the comments.

If you don’t mind where in France your next book comes from, then just stick with the general France Fiction category. ALL the books are there, along with those that don’t have a specific location. And please feel free to let us know if we have inadvertently put a book in the wrong category – we are always grateful for you keeping us on our toes in this respect!

That’s it. Get yeself off to France immediately…It’s summertime, the champagne is flowing……

Suzi

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