Title & Author: With Violets by Elizabeth Robards
This novel transports you to the world of the Impressionists and into the life of that remarkable artist Berthe Morisot. (But the book of her personal correspondence with family and friends edited by Denis Rouart is even better!)
Title & Author: Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper by Harriet Scott Chessman
This charming little gem of a novel paints a portrait of Mary Cassatt as seen through the eyes of her sister, Lydia, as she poses for five of Mary's paintings.
Title & Author: Marie Dancing by Carolyn Meyer
This YA novel takes you to the Paris of Edgar Degas and tells the story of 14-year-old Marie von Goethem, the young ballet dancer from the Paris Opera who posed for his famous Little Dancer sculpture.
Title & Author: Strapless: John Singer Sargent and the Fall of Madame X by Deborah Davis.
This is an excellent non-fiction account of Sargent's most provocative portrait, and the American beauty, Virginie Gautreau, who posed for it. (And there were some serious repercussions for both of them when Sargent showed this portrait in public for the first time.)
Title & Author: Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
The story behind this Vermeer painting is related in this quiet and well-written, novel....which I thought was as good as the movie.
Title & Author: A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline
This is the fictional memoir of the woman who inspired Andrew Wyeth's most famous painting, Christina's World, which I recently read and really enjoyed.
Then there are these art-inspired novels that I haven't read yet, but that I hope to read soon: