A Picture of Lydia
A millionaire heiress and a genius painter: a scandalous belle époque love affair.
Lukas Hartmann’s new novel about the fate of a woman who breaks with the conventions of her time.
In the story of Lydia Welti-Escher and Karl Stauffer-Bern, love and art come face to face with money and power at the end of the 19th century.
She is intelligent, fascinated by art – and after the death of her father, the ›railway king‹ Alfred Escher, she is the richest woman in Switzerland. She is married to the son of a powerful politician. She is prepared to put all that at risk out of her love for an artist.
Who is Lydia? No one knows her better than Luise, the maid who stays by her side through all of life’s twists and turns. And yet Lydia remains a mystery to her.