Stepping from the pavement onto the Boulevard Haussmann on that December morning in 1893, she is Marie, a farmer's daughter from the Midi. Rescued from the commotion of horses and carriages, she is escorted to the far side of the avenue by a diffident young artist named Pierre Bonnard. When at last they speak, she introduces herself as Marthe de Meligny, aristocratic daughter of Italian parents. It was as Marthe that she would, for fifty years, be Bonnard's lover and his muse. There are no nudes in Bonnard's work before ...

Forever Nude 2009, Vintage Books

ISBN-13: 9780099471981

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Forever Nude 2008, William Heinemann Ltd, London

ISBN-13: 9780434012435

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