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Sargent's women : four lives behind the canvas / ... Read More

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  • ISBN: 9780393079036
  • ISBN: 0393079031
  • Physical Description: xx, 311 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : ... Read More
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2017]

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Introduction. Four women, four lives, four ... Read More
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"In this seductive, multilayered biography, based ... Read More
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  • Baker & Taylor
    Describes the lives of four high-society women who were immortalized in portraits by John Singer Sargent and who experienced numerous mysteries, passions, and tragedies during the Gilded Age.
  • Baker & Taylor
    Describes the lives of four high-society women who were immortalized in portraits done by the iconic artist, John Singer Sargent, each one incredibly wealthy, beautiful and commanding who experienced numerous mysteries, passions and tragedies during the Gilded Age.
  • WW Norton
    In this seductive, multilayered biography, based on original letters and diaries, Donna M. Lucey illuminates four extraordinary women painted by the iconic high-society portraitist John Singer Sargent. With uncanny intuition, Sargent hinted at the mysteries and passions that unfolded in his subjects’ lives.Elsie Palmer traveled between her father’s Rocky Mountain castle and the medieval English manor house where her mother took refuge, surrounded by artists, writers, and actors. Elsie hid labyrinthine passions, including her love for a man who would betray her. As the veiled Sally Fairchild—beautiful and commanding—emerged on Sargent’s canvas, the power of his artistry lured her sister, Lucia, into a Bohemian life. The saintly Elizabeth Chanler embarked on a surreptitious love affair with her best friend’s husband. And the iron-willed Isabella Stewart Gardner scandalized Boston society and became Sargent’s greatest patron and friend.Like characters in an Edith Wharton novel, these women challenged society’s restrictions, risking public shame and ostracism. All had forbidden love affairs; Lucia bravely supported her family despite illness, while Elsie explored Spiritualism, defying her overbearing father. Finally, the headstrong Isabella outmaneuvered the richest plutocrats on the planet to create her own magnificent art museum.These compelling stories of female courage connect our past with our present—and remind us that while women live differently now, they still face obstacles to attaining full equality.
  • WW Norton
    "Sargent’s Women has a distinct elegance and potency—Lucey’s writing propels you forward, straight to the heart of the story, along the vibrant ties that linked this fascinating artist to the women he made infamous." —Christene Barberich, global editor-in-chief and cofounder, Refinery29
Subject: Myers, Elsie Palmer, 1872-1955.
Fuller, Lucia Fairchild, 1872-1924.
Chapman, Elizabeth Winthrop Chanler, 1866-1937.
Gardner, Isabella Stewart, 1840-1924.
Sargent, John Singer, 1856-1925 > Friends and associates.
Women > United States > Biography
Upper class women > United States > Biography.
United States > Biography
United States > History > 1865-1921.
Genre: Biographies

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