Rochelle Ohrstrom

Book Club

What are your thoughts on Ponzi and Picasso? Leave your comments below.

Suggested Topics

1. At which point does the transformative, soul-quenching power of art turn into greed for Henry Classico?

2. How culpable is the auction house’s role in forgeries?

3. How do artists become famous? Are Faustian agreements the only viable entry to success?

4. How do artists reconcile their sensitive talents with the commercially branded marketplace?

5. What is the nature of creativity? Where is the wellspring of Alouisha’s source? What is her process?

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  1. A very exciting read. The book’s loaded with vibrant descriptions and you lend your characters a lot of depth and personality. Take Classico. He clearly has a love for art, and I can’t help but feel a bit of sympathy for his plight in light of that — although that’s mostly done away as I read the many lies he tells those around him. It was hard to put your book down while seeing the webs Classico weaved himself into and the extremes he took to get out of them.

    • rochelle ohrstrom says:

      Thank you. I am glad you enjoyed Ponzi and Picasso. Life is complex and never balck and white. Having sympathy for Classico, i understand he was desperate for the gallery to survive during the subprime mortgage crisis; however, his ego and vanity got the best of him.

  2. Lilla Ohrstrom says:

    I was delighted to receive this book as a Christmas present from my son. It was on my wish list. I found it a fun read. I was impressed with the diversity of characters and how well they were backed up. I also thought it was very clever the way the illustrations were presented in the book. A peak inside the dirt of the international art market and the contradictions that exist between the artist and what happens to the art is thought provoking. I treasure the read and look forward to the sequel. I definitely recommend this book.