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The Brides of the Bachelor


Art — Fiction

Alexander, Kate

The House of Hope

Allen, Charlotte Vale

Painted Lives

Bantock, Nick

The Forgetting Room
The Griffin and Sabine series
Griffin and Sabine
Sabine’s Notebook
The Golden Mean: In Which the Extraordinary Correspondance of Griffin and Sabine Concludes
The Gryphon
The Museum at Purgatory
The Venetian’s Wife

Bellonci, Maria

Private Renaissance

Berry, Steve

The Amber Room

Bisson, Terry

The Pickup Artist  sficon

Burkholz, Herbert

Writer in Residence

Butler, Robert Olen

Fair Warning

Chabon, Michael

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

DeLint, Charles

Memory and Dream  sficon

Frayn, Michael


Hearon, Shelby

Owning Jolene

Kennedy, William

Very Old Bones

Lawrence, D.H.

Sons and Lovers

Lieberman, Herbert H.

The Girl With the Botticelli Eyes

Lindsay, Paul

The Fuhrer’s Reserve: A Novel of the FBI

Maguire, Gregory

The Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

McAuley, Paul

Pasquale’s Angel

Moggach, Deborah

Tulip Fever

Nathan, Robert

Portrait of Jennie

Perez-Reverte, Arturo

The Flanders Panel  mysicon

Randall, Rona

The Potter’s Niece

Rawn, Melanie/Roberson, Jennifer/Elliot, Kate

The Golden Key  sficon

Tepper, Sheri S.

The Fresco  sficon

Vickers, Salley

Miss Garnet’s Angel

Weber, Katherine

The Music Lesson

Welzenbach, Michael

Conversations With a Clown

Wilde, Oscar

The Picture of Dorian Gray


Art Dealers — Fiction

Butler, Robert Olen

Fair Warning

Kennedy, Hugh

Original Color

Orton, Thomas

The Lost Glass Plates of Wilfred Eng

VanLustbader, Eric

Art Kills

Art Forgers — Fiction

Davies, Robertson

The Lyre of Orpheus
The Rebel Angels
What’s Bred in the Bone

Dunbar, Catherine

False Images  mysicon

Gaddis, William

The Recognitions

Watkins, Paul

The Forger

Art Museums — Fiction

Norman, Howard

The Museum Guard

Women Artists — Fiction

Atwood, Margaret

Cat’s Eye

Begiebing, Robert J.

The Adventures of Allegra Fullerton, or, A Memoir of Startling and Amusing Episodes From Itinerant Life

Ebershoff, David

The Danish Girl

Godwin, Gail

Violet Clay

Just, Ward

Ambition & Love

Lapierre, Alexandra


Long, Elaine

Bittersweet Country

Mapson, Jo-Ann

Blue Rodeo

Murray, Earl


Otto, Whitney

The Passion Dream Book

Roberts, Sherry

Maud’s House

Schneider, Katie

All We Know of Love

Shea, Suzanne Strempek

Lily of the Valley

Villanueva, Alma Luz

The Ultraviolet Sky

Vreeland, Susan

The Passion of Artemesia


Women Painters — Fiction

Gordon, Mary

Spending: A Utopian Divertimento

Kellogg, Marne Davis


Mortman, Doris

True Colors

Woolf, Virginia

To the Lighthouse

Individual Artists

Audubon, John J., 1785-1851 – Fiction
Leguin, Ursula K.  — The Visionary: The Life Story of Flicker of the Serpentine of Telina-Na/Wonders Hidden: Audubon’s Early Years

Caravaggio, Michelangelo, 1573-1610 – Fiction
Banks, Oliver   — The Caravaggio Obsession  mysicon
Murray, Linda — The Dark Fire

Cassatt, Mary, 1845-1926 – Fiction
King, Joan   — Impressionist: A Novel of Mary Cassatt

Cezanne, Paul, 1839-1906 – Fiction
Mayle, Peter — Chasing Cezanne
McLeave, Hugh — A Man and His Mountain: The Life of Paul Cezanne
Swan, Thomas   — The Cezanne Chase  mysicon

Dali, Salvadore, 1904-1989 – Fiction
Dali, Salvador — Hidden Faces
Kaminsky, Stuart   — The Melting Clock

Eyck, Jan van, 1390-1440 – Fiction
Mullins, Edwin   — The Master Painter

Gogh, Vincent van, 1853-1890 – Fiction
Cooperstein, Claire   — Johanna: A Novel of the Van Gogh Family
Stone, Irving — Lust For Life
Tuten, Frederic — Van Gogh’s Bad Café: A Love Story

Goya, Francisco, 1746-1828 – Fiction
Braider, Donald   — Rage in Silence: A Novel Based on the Life of Goya

Hals, Frans, 1580-1666 – Fiction
Kernan, Michael   — The Lost Diaries of Frans Hals

Kahlo, Frida, 1907-1954 – Fiction
Fuentes, Carlos   — The Years With Laura Diaz

Leonardo, da Vinci, 1452-1519 – Fiction
Brown, Dan — The Da Vinci Code
Dann, Jack — The Memory Cathedral: A Secret History of Leonardo da Vinci [Russian language edition only]Herman, George   — A Comedy of Murders  mysicon
Perutz, Leo — Leonardo’s Judas
Swan, Thomas — The Da Vinci Deception  mysicon
West, Cameron — The Medici Dagger  mysicon

Matisse, Henri, 1869-1954 – Fiction
Byatt, A.S.   — The Matisse Stories

Michelangelo Buonarroti, 1475-1564 – Fiction
Alexander, Sidney   — Michelangelo the Florentine
Stone, Irving — The Agony and the Ecstasy

Pissarro, Camille, 1830-1903 – Fiction
Stone, Irving   — Depths of Glory

Rembrandt van Rijn, 1606-1669 – Fiction
Heller, Joseph — Picture This
Schmitt, Gladys   — Rembrandt

Remington, Frederic, 1861-1909 – Fiction
Lynch, Daniel   — Yellow

Rivera, Diego, 1886-1957 – Fiction
Poniatowska, Elena   — Dear Diego

Rodin, Auguste, 1840-1917 – Fiction
Weiss, David   — Naked Came I: A Novel of Rodin

Titian, 1488-1576 – Fiction
Pears, Iain — The Titian Committee
Skeggs, Douglas   — The Triumph of Bacchus
Weiss, David — The Venetian

Vermeer, Jan, 1632-1675 – Fiction
Chevalier, Tracy — The Girl With the Pearl Earring
Laker, Rosalind — The Golden Tulip
Vreeland, Susan   — The Girl in Hyacinth Blue


Architects — Fiction

Cobbold, Marika 

Frozen Music

Follett, Ken

Pillars of the Earth

Levin, Meyer

The Architect

Miles, Keith

Murder in Perspective  mysicon

Rand, Ayn

The Fountainhead

Rayner, Richard

The Cloud Sketcher

Weiss, David

Myself, Christopher Wren

Artists (General) — Fiction

Anderson, Barbara

Portrait of the Artist’s Wife

Benabib, Kim

Obscene Bodies

Blackstock, Terri

Emerald Windows

Brust, Stephen

The Sun, the Moon and the Stars  sficon

Crowell, Jenn

Necessary Madness

DeLint, Charles

The Onion Girl  sficon

Farrington, Tim

Blues for Hannah [partially set in Nebraska]

Foos, Laurie

Portrait of the Walrus By a Young Artist: A Novel About Art, Bowling, Pizza, Sex, and Hair Spray

Garbo, Norman

The Artist

Gurganus, Alan

Plays Well With Others

Ishiguro, Kazuo

An Artist of the Floating World

Knowles, David

The Third Eye

Krantz, Judith

Mistral’s Daughter

Lewis, Wyndham

The Revenge for Love

Lindsey, David


Mackay, Shena

The Artist’s Widow

Monahan, William

Light House: A Trifle

Morrell, David

Burnt Sienna

Norman, Howard

The Bird Artist

Potok, Chaim

The Gift of Asher Lev
My Name is Asher Lev

Roberts, Tatheena

Macdougal Alley

See, Carolyn

The Handyman

Silva, Daniel

The Gabriel Allon series
The Black Widow
The Confessor
A Death in Vienna
The Defector
The English Assassin
The English Girl
The English Spy
The Fallen Angel
The Heist
The Kill Artist
The Messenger
Moscow Rules
Portrait of a Spy
Prince of Fire
The Rembrandt Affair
The Secret Servant

Skillings, R.D.

How Many Die

Stuart, Anne

The Widow

Ulitskaia, Ludmila

The Funeral Party

Urquhart, Jane

The Underpainter

Vonnegut, Kurt


Webster, Brenda

Paradise Farm

Wharton, William

Last Lovers

Winterson, Jeanette

Art & Lies: A Piece for Three Voices and a Bawd

Body Art — Fiction

Bradbury, Ray

The Illustrated Man  sficon

DeLillo, Don

The Body Artist

Takagi, Akimitsu

The Tattoo Murder Case mysicon

mysicon — indicates mystery title

sficon — indicates science fiction or fantasy title


“I have come to the personal conclusion that while all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists.” – Marcel Duchamp

Printed List July 2002 jw | Updated for the Web January 2004 sdc | Last updated August 2016