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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Review: THE LAST NUDE by Ellis Avery

Ellis Avery paints a picture of the famed artist, Tamara de Lempicka, and the erotic burgeoning of art between the world wars.  With daring bravado, Lempicka picks her model from the streets of Paris. 

Tamara offers a beautiful American, Rafaela, the opportunity to strip her body of modesty and become the pose for a masterpiece.

Rafaela, a penniless immigrant who sells her body for shelter and food, is caught up in the swift strokes of Tamara’s brush.  Sensual curves of paint and brilliant colors create a bond between the women.

To paint a body perfectly it must be studied and touched. 

The women learn the art of each others strengths and weaknesses as the painting develops.  Tamara de Lempicka wants fame and fortune in tandem with sexual gratification.  Rafaela simply requests love.

The hectic and evolving world of art demands its own formula to offer a renowned artist a position at the top of the ladder.  Tamara de Lempicka and her Rafaela stumble and trip along the ladder, both forging ahead to find their ultimatum.

This is an indulgent story of the backside in an artist’s life of love, sex, cocaine, and how the combination molds its participants.  Explicit in meaning, yet not graphic.



  1. Good review, Dawn! I am intrigued.


  2. Thanks, Marie! The novel sounds very contemporary, yet it's historical. Guess our generation didn't create self-indulgence:)