A Painting of the Villainess as a Young Lady


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A villainess known by all as a wicked woman who has done all sorts of evil deeds—Ducal Lady Violet.
She regained her memories of her previous life after she fell into a lake and almost died.
The very moment she woke up, she immediately visited her father, Duke Everett, and asked one thing.

“Please confine me to the annex.”

And so, she imprisoned herself there.
Now that Violet was secluded away from the world’s criticism and reproach,
She immersed herself in her previous life’s memories and started painting them.

“What the hell are you up to this time?”

Everyone was suspicious of just what she might be scheming.
However, the misunderstandings surrounding her gradually got resolved one at a time…

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The Villainess Paints A Picture
악녀는 그림을 그린다
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New strangeirdo rated it
March 24, 2023
Status: c40
I haven't read something that I've wanted to binge in so long. I don't think I've ever described a novel as 'beautifully written', but this is a beautifully written story. It's also translated well.

A lot of novels use the analogy of feeling like you're drowning, but I haven't seen it described as well as it is here. Especially because in korean, 답답하다 means frustrated with a connotation of suffocation.

To sum it up, it's a story of healing, but more realistic and heavy than the other stories of this type. (Like... more>> the ones where they're reborn as babies and gets everyone to love them)

So far it's good, but I don't know how they'll resolve the relationships, and there's still potential for it to go to shit, but I have high hopes. <<less
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New Trulycloudy rated it
March 22, 2023
Status: --
This story is not for those who wants FL to plot revenge, extreme grovelling from every family member, or an apathetic FL. It's about FL trying to heal her wounds and moving on with life while feeling like a stranger because of her last lifes memories. It's a really good novel that deserves more recognition. FL displays raw emotions you'd see in someone in real life. Not the usual "I'm going to bring everyone down" or the "I'm so tired I don't care anymore" attitude usually seen in novels.
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tocinomasarap rated it
October 26, 2022
Status: --
I think I got a bit emotional reading this novel, even if it's still lacking chapters. I always wanted to find a trope where she/he doesn't change drastically just because of transmigration/idk, especially when the reason they're behaving like that is because of the unfortunate events they've suffered. I wanted someone who's not apologetic for the misdeeds they've done, someone who's unwilling to mend with the people who treated them like sh*t.

FL is a tragic character, a very lonely person. She's just someone who wants to find solace in her... more>> depressing life, away from her s*upid family. She loved them, truly, but all she got was hate from her brothers and her sole father. So she decided to live in solitude. <<less
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kookerist rated it
February 19, 2023
Status: c28
Had to leave my review because out of all the 'villainess' novels I've read recently, this book is starting to become the cream of the crop for me.

FL, after recollecting memories of her past life, doesn't magically acquire a whole new saintess/good girl persona, and instead, remains the hot, bad bit*h that she is (in my opinion, she had every right to be angry at her shitty family who puts her distant cousin first before their OWN f*ckING DAUGHTER/SISTER????). She just chooses to spend her life idyllically painting her old... more>> tragedies away with our lovely and adorable Mary at her side, despite the pathetic rats who keep sneaking and squeaking their way in her little world. An excerpt from peachesatdusk TL that pretty much encapsulates every other misunderstood villainess:

The person standing here and now was a human being. Not House Everett's villainess, not a witch with an ice heart—just a nineteen-year-old girl who had never been acknowledged by her family.


Also, fair warning, this book has undertones of depression, and understandably so, considering how much her own family and servants villainized her for standing up for herself (even though she went about it the wrong way. Which is sad because she never had anyone to direct her on the right path and it took her a near-death experience to realize that.) There's even a part where FL admits she wanted to kill herself just so she can see her OWN FAMILY FEEL A TINY BIT OF SADNESS FOR HER. I felt her anger, because I had experienced that kind of rage myself, so it was nice to know I wasn't alone in that aspect.


I'm a VERY petty person, I hold grudges, and I get super immersed in whatever I'm reading, so whatever happens to FL, happens to me too. But, even I have to begrudgingly admit that Roen's character development was written real good. It felt kinda therapeutic hearing him admit that it was the family's fault FL went through so much, and even more so when he explicitly stated that he will make up for their lost time, and showing it in both actions and words.


P.S. I loved how the translator put a spin on the title and incorporated 'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man', a novel which has several plot points that are kinda similar to what our FL went through. I thought it was brilliant and anyone who says otherwise shouldn't be trusted 😊 <<less
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Nightkiss49 rated it
October 10, 2022
Status: c5
I know it's early to rate the novel but the novel plot is pretty decent, simple, and a bit realistic.


I liked how FL (original villainous) worked on herself over someone else. She saw the bu11sh1t her young tr*sh cousin's sister was doing and how s*upid her biological family was/is.

From what I have read in the spoiler that MC and OgFL both are a bit mentally unstable.

MC's first brother is abusive mentally and physically forward her. In the end, gets karma by not being Duke.
The tr*sh cousin (OGFL) gets kicked out of the duke and stripped of all noble titles.
The MC's other brothers get slow character development as the story goes on. But FL keeps little distance from them, but they're in a good tie.
There is a little bit about their father after some time (chapters). I assume that MC is still keeping her distance from her father.
ML is a sweetheart and is willing to pay attention to MC, even when others are not.

Books are a place where people develop an understanding or a basic mentality, (I don't know if it makes sense to others) so a writer should be careful while writing.
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_violet rated it
March 10, 2023
Status: c35

That is the only way to describe this novel.

I've been trying to find a story where the villainess does not easily forgive the people who hurt her. Although I do not know enough to tell if the MC in this story will forgive her family, I sure hope she doesn't. I'm tired of seeing MCs forgive these people who basically abused them all of their lives, just because they started to notice their "change". This trope is getting tiring and this novel was like a breath of fresh air. I... more>> love MCs who are like her. They just want to live. Not for others, but for themselves. I can't wait for the next chapter. :) <<less
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HJRDIS rated it
February 18, 2023
Status: c28
So far so good, the translation was well done for me – I got teary at some parts because the metaphors came out really well but I think I just really immersed myself in the story.

Abusive family and a scheming cousin – though the father verges more on neglect as he acts more favorably to our MC in the eyes of his subordinates.

The story so far is reminiscent of Death Is The Only Ending For The Villainess except Violet (MC) 's efforts to fight back isn't well rewarded compared to... more>> Penelope when she verbally attacks her family. Though it may change as it's just been 28 chapters and a major conflict was recently introduced.

Violet is resigned to her fate of being condemned as the evil woman and it's heartbreaking to read everyone else tell her she's not when it goes in one ear and out the other because it's all she'd ever identified as a child. The characters we meet outside the family all come to one conclusion at the end when they see her for who she truly is.

You must have been so lonely.

Personally, I would like a bit more scheming from her part because being a wronged woman is no joke. But I guess when you've been defeated in two lifetimes the only road to walk left is one of self-healing and peace. Still, I hope that when the whole estate grovels in the face of their rightful karma, they'll be doing it from hell. <<less
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Wasat rated it
August 15, 2022
Status: c4
I really like the beginning. Am currently at chapter 4 and love it very much.

It's very refreshing since it isn't about "surviving because my fate is doomed" or "helping my favorite character".

But simply trying to live her own life and not involving herself with others. Despite being a reincarnator she didn't obsess over original story, she doesn't care.

... more>> The main focus is probably FL's emotions. And how she's trying to recover from those wounds. The novel is emotional rollercoaster.

FL herself isn't the original character nor is she the reincarnator. Indeed she has her previous memories but as for which her is dominant the answer is none. The previous her and the novel her mixed to became a person that accepts both.

Her family... I don't know how to feel about the father. Although he doesn't resent FL he's very indifferent which indirectly contributed to her suffering. As for her brothers.... One is beyond saving, while the others have potential for character developments <<less
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girliloquy rated it
March 5, 2023
Status: c33
Darling MC with past flaws + emotional angst and trauma + dark drawings = 5 stars, love her to death.

I see an interesting trajectory for the rest of this novel, and as someone who usually loves ‘revenge/regret’ stories, I’m eager to eat this one up.

... more>>

One thing I’m hoping this story does better than most is work against villainizing the child version of MC’s little sister. Blame her current, conniving self all you want, I have little problem with that... However, the children of the Everett estate should not have had to deal with the death of their parental figures alone. When Vic and A were fighting and having disagreements as children, their dad/adopted dad should have stepped in and made them feel like they still had some sense of stability. MC was 8. 8 being blamed for acting like an 8 year old, when the best thing for her would be to express her emotions and her sadness honestly. And we all see that she has been through a lot, being blamed and used as a scapegoat for the majority of her life. However, A was 6. She didn’t know any better. The best thing to do was for their father to actually be mindful of his kids and explain boundaries to A calmly (while telling V not to react physically), not for everyone to treat her like she was the only princess in the house.


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Cactiii rated it
March 6, 2023
Status: c34
So far the story has been good, its a somewhat done before trope of everyone blades MC but the circumstances make it so the MC is only kind of at fault or not really. Something I did like about this one is the MC did at least acknowledge that she did do things that were wrong, although the story is somewhat doing the "MC was like this due to circumstances so its not their fault/they aren't a bad person" which isn't horrible and I know its necessary since it would... more>> be difficult to like an MC who did cruel acts without giving the readers some form of justification.

So far there are a few things I think could be improved on for this story, one of the biggest is her remembering her past life. Currently this feels like a somewhat pointless narrative, its only been used for justifying painting skills and giving a reason why the MC can't forgive their family, since she isn't truly their daughter, but its overall a somewhat worthless plotline and I personally think it takes away from the story. Violet had a near death experience, the author could of used this as the trigger to make her "break" where she stops caring about everything. This could of happened without having her regain memories of her past life easily, explained in the exact same way of her giving up on her family. So far I don't remember any use of magic or divinity, so having an event like remembering a past life feels somewhat out of place. The painting skill is also something I think that actively lowers the quality of the storyline specifically because it comes from violets past life. If the skill came about as just a way for violet to vent her frustrations then I think it would be good but at least currently her father and one of her brothers are taking interest in her artwork, which makes it a bit vague on did they start paying attention to her due to her art. If this is the case then it slightly deflates the story in my opinion, since it essentially makes Violets existence worthless and her value that finally got recognized came from her past life. If this isn't the case then it just removes the value of her knowing how to paint from her past life, hence making the remembering her past life feel like a somewhat worthless plot line that can only really serve to lower the quality of the story.
An interesting twist that I think would somewhat allow for this but not lower the storyline is that rather than remembering her past life's memories the person in her past life (forgot their name) becomes like a person speaking in violets mind, but purposefully make their words vague and unclear if they came from another world. What this could essentially do is allow a "character" to be created who tells violet that she matters, to reject her family, it can even encourage doing something like art and give "tips" within reason, but not using unknown terms, because then this entire character inside Violets head can also be described as a mental illness, where she has been broken and hurt to the point of creating a personality inside her head that can give her comfort. Personally I think this kind of narrative would be better since all of Violets actions would be hers getting rid of the issue of "are they now paying attention because of violet of her past life" while also being able to get rid of the mystical element of remembering a past life, since creating a personality in your head is possible and somewhat realistic which I think just removes a bit of the world building issues while allowing a similar plot to progress, although it would interfere with violets sloth like new personality of barely moving/eating/ect. Since it would require her to talk with this person in her head. (Note: this is just something I thought of on the spot while writing this, doesn't influence my rating of series)

Overall one of the things I really hope this story does, but I don't expect, is her rejecting her family. Its something that won't be done because its a novel but in these novels the person who suffers always forgives, I'm sure we will get a bit like Aileen and the one brother being kicked out or punished but so far its going somewhat in a direction where the father and one brother might be forgiven which just leaves a bad taste in my mouth. The brother would be one thing but the father is the main person at fault here, he is the one who basically left all of his young children who just lost their mother in a situation and was the authority that finally broke Violet and made her believe that nobody would listen to her. Honestly a depressing but realistic and impactful plotline would be if Violet takes her own life due to something Aileen or the older brother did causing the father to look into things and realize the truth, causing him to deal out punishments but become broken himself realizing that he drove his own daughter to her death due to him not caring about the family and barely putting any effort into being a father. This would probably lead to him becoming an alcoholic and later dying from it causing the younger brother who has guilt over the situation to take over with plenty of issues himself, causing a very depressing story (that probably won't happen since it would be painful to read if written well making at least me not want to read it, since reading is meant to be enjoyable and not make me feel depressed) but a storyline thats realistic, where people don't notice it until its too late and can only live with the regret and pain of their past choices. It could even have a slightly positive message with the younger brother about how you should put effort into your relationships, care and love those important to you, make sure not to fall into a bias and think for yourself and to try to put in effort so you don't regret your decisions. Anyway, went on a bit of a tangent about a dark twist but my overall point is if she decides to accept her father and younger brother I feel like it would slightly take away from the story, because it shows that they didn't care about Violet until she literally gave up, its possible that they will have a good redemption arc but I don't expect it and I think it will leave me with a bitter feeling since the past is an absolute and even if we should live in the present certain actions in the past I don't think should be forgiven. Again, the younger brother has some room since he was young but the father I don't think should ever be forgiven. In his grief over losing his wife and brother he didn't put any effort into raising his kids allowing a situation like this to occur and is the adult in the situation who should of prevented it. His negligence and inattention lead to this result, so while he might make an effort to change the past can't be undone. Developing a relationship with him is one thing but I don't think he should ever be forgiven, especially by the current Violet who is different from the Violet who suffered due to his actions. The scars won't be erased ever so I don't believe he should ever be forgiven. (To clarify forgiveness is different than atoning for what he did, I'm saying that forgiveness in a way absolves him of his actions and he should have to live knowing that he caused this situation and bear that weight, but I'm not saying he cannot develop a relationship with Violet. It should just be done in a way where there will always be that wall between them, where she can't fully trust him, since its necessary to protect herself, and he will need to come to terms and live with it.)

Anyway, overall I think the story so far is pretty good and doesn't have any faults that are truly an issue. I think some things could be improved but overall the book has a lot of potential. I just really hope this story is satisfying with the redemption and forgiveness type arcs since usually this genre it ends up feeling sub-par. <<less
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Divya8224 rated it
January 28, 2023
Status: c23
So far I really like the story it's really well written and you could fell the emotions of the FL and unlike other novels where the start whitewashing their character she actually accept her flaws and said that she was wrong for what she had done before.
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Resistance1943 rated it
January 27, 2023
Status: c22
It's a tragic story about a woman trying to heal herself through art whilst being hindered by her "family" members. Really looking forward to seeing how the story continues, the translator is phenomenal! Their translation allows for the compelling work to shine beautifully.
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Vongolaoftherain rated it
December 28, 2022
Status: c16
I like the story so far, It’s emotional and and like one of the comments, Rather than a revenge story or anything, I’ve wanted to read a story is about self healing and a seclusion. There’s not many chapters but I’ve enjoyed it a lot so far.
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Quaji rated it
December 28, 2022
Status: c16
Thank you peaches at dusk for translating, this is a really refreshing take on a villainess remembering their past life. MC's acceptance of her two selves feels a lot less contrived than having a possessor horrified of the bodies previous owner and their actions. The assumption that it's somehow unnatural or evil for a person to be selfishly themselves has always grated on my nerves a bit, so this novel (so far) has been a balm. Looking forward to future chapters ^ ^
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mikeisawesome rated it
November 10, 2022
Status: c1
So far, I like this book, I am glad it doesn't have a "tragedy" tag or is classified in that category, or it wouldn't be a roller coaster of emotions, it will end with me being emotionally unstable, and I too love the fact that FL doesn't focus on "revenge" or "changing the story", and is concentrated on her self healing
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Serendipity094 rated it
March 17, 2023
Status: c37
The MC is suffering depression. She remembers her past life which makes her want to stop living as a villainess. Her family doesn't accept her and they all think she's a bad person. Her younger "sister" is a white lottus. I suspect her personal knight is the ML but there's no romance at the moment. Beautiful read but dwells too much on the past sometimes, I wish the plot will move forward.

The translation is really good!
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hose246 rated it
March 7, 2023
Status: c34
Absolutely amazing drama novel.

Violet, the story's protagonist, remembered her past life after almost drowning in a lake, but instead of the "villainess remembers her past life and stomps on everyone" trope, she just wants to retire from social life. Unlike many other story where the villainess' personality fused with her past life's -- or the original host's personality being completely overwritten by the transmigrator -- Violet's past life memories does not seem to have affected or changed her much. It felt more like her past life memory just awakened what... more>> she already have inside her, not changing her personality into something else.

Violet is someone who has been ostracized by everyone as the villainess, and rightfully so too. Half of the things that is said about her is true, but the other half are things that are just evil things that are assumed to be done by her because of her reputation. Even then, she only did those villainess acts because she has no other choice, as you will know if you read the novel. Because of her past reputation and the people who wishes to harm her, no amount effort will be able to make her look like a "good person" in other's eyes. After suffering from hatred in and out of her family, she finally broke down and retired into a quiet place... which is the start of the story.

The protagonist's backstory takes a significant role in the story. As odd as this might sound, it really feels like the protagonist is the center of the story, and that this story is all about Violet and her development.

This novel tells about how a person's reputation can completely ruin their life, and also teaches us not to prejudice against someone only based on their history. The author did not force the characters to feel certain way against one another, in fact, I can realistically see how Violet's bad reputation are clouding the other character's view on her.

Another note is that the translator did a very good job capturing the elegant and somber atmosphere of the story with his words.

100% recommended. <<less
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Yuki Y rated it
March 10, 2023
Status: c24
I try to read this but, this story is getting me headache... Two life times... But how come someone still so s*upid....

Interesting begining... but confusing story, the main focus of story should be is supposed to be the MC arc redemption..... Sigh.
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Whimssica rated it
March 4, 2023
Status: --
Wow!! That's a lot of angst right there and I am all for it!!! I can't wait for that white lotus bit*h to get what she deserves! Ughhh!!

Thank you translator-nim 🙏🙏🙏
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