Barnes Museum and "The Blue Period: A Novel" by Luke Jerod Kummer

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Barnes Foundation

2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy · Philadelphia, PA

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We'll meet near the front entrance. I’m in black pants with orange scarf. Tan coat.

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Let's pair up a visit to The Barnes Museum with a great historical fiction book, "The Blue Period," by Luke Jerod Kummer. Kummer's novel details Picasso's life in his early years - specifically, what's become known as his Blue Period. During this time of his life, Picasso often focused on subjects living on the margins of society. The paintings all had a bluish cast.

THE LOCATION: Barnes Museum
The Barnes Foundation is a nonprofit cultural and educational institution that shares its unparalleled art collection with the public, organizes special exhibitions, and presents programming that fosters new ways of thinking about human creativity.

We'll meet to explore the amazing collection of art in the Barnes, including some of Picasso's work from the Blue Period.

Admission is FREE on the first Sundays of the month! Woo hoo!

THE BOOK: "The Blue Period: A Novel" by Luke Jerod Kummer

A riveting novel about the tragic romance that nearly destroyed a young Pablo Picasso—while granting him his first flight of creative genius.

From rowdy Barcelona barrooms to the incandescent streets of turn-of-the-century Paris, Pablo Picasso experiences the sumptuous highs and seedy lows of bohemian life alongside his rebellious poet friend with a shadowy past, Carles Casagemas.

Fleeing family misfortune and their parents’ expectations, the two young artists seek their creative outlet while chasing inspiration in drugs, decadence, and the liberated women of Montmartre—creatures far different from the veiled ones back home.

The new life feels like bliss, and nothing can come between them…until a dark-haired, enigmatic muse enters the picture. The two artists’ passion for Germaine will lead to a devastating turn. Amid soul-searching and despair, however, Picasso discovers a color palette in which to render his demons and paint himself into lasting history.

Bringing the exuberance of the era vividly to life, this richly imagined portrait of Picasso’s coming of age intertwines the love, death, lust, and friendships that inspired the immortal works of a defiant master.

Free if you have Kindle Unlimited. Or you can grab it for $4.99 on Amazon https://amzn.to/34Jrkcp It may be at your library.

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See you at the Museum! (Oh, btw, if you like museums and want more inspiration to visit, you might enjoy these books set in museums: https://thenoveltourist.com/books-set-in-a-museum-2018-read-go-challenge/)

~ Audrey