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Sargent's Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas
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Donna M. Lucey
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Sargent's Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas

Donna M. Lucey



Individual artists, art monographs;
Biography: arts & entertainment;
Biography: historical, political & military


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With unprecedented access to newly discovered sources, Donna M. Lucey illuminates the lives of four women painted by the society portraitist John Singer Sargent. With uncanny clairvoyance, Sargent's portraits hint at the mysteries, passions and tragedies that unfolded in his subjects' lives. Elsie Palmer carried on a labyrinthine love life in a Rocky Mountain castle; Elizabeth Chanler stepped into a maze of infidelity with her best friend's husband; as the veiled image of Sally Fairchild emerged on the canvas, her sister was lured into an ill-fated life in art; and shrewd Isabella Stewart Gardner collected both art and young men. Born to unimaginable wealth, these women lived on an operatic scale; their letters and diaries create a rich depiction of the Gilded Age and the painter whose canvases defined the era.

By:   Donna M. Lucey
Imprint:   Norton
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 211mm,  Width: 142mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   280g
ISBN:   9780393356168
ISBN 10:   0393356167
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   July 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

[These women] were smart, passionate, willful, adventurous and striking-looking.... Lucey's prose is invitingly conversational and quick-flowing. -- The Washington Post It [Sargent's Women] tells of an era long gone yet still fascinating. -- Choice As rich as [Sargent's] portraits are, the textural evidence in which Ms. Lucey ensnares them is finer still. -- The Wall Street Journal [Lucey pieces together] lost stories, and the stormy brew of scandal and repression that affected these women-and Sargent himself. -- Elle Straight from the pages of a novel by Edith Wharton or Henry James. -- The Times Ingenious. -- Frances Wilson - Times Literary Supplement

  • Winner of Art in Literature: Mary Lynn Kotz Award 2018
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