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Sargent’s Daughters

Sargent’s Daughters

"Sargent's early masterpiece 'The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit' has always been one of his most beloved paintings. Here is its story in a wonderful nutshell—how it came to be, the lives of the wealthy Bostonian family it depicts, and its place in the artist's career—set out in a wonderful blend of artistic and social history. This little book is in itself a masterpiece of its kind."

Alan H.

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Author Erica E. Hirshler
Publisher
Publication Date 2019-03-07
Section Art / New Titles - Paperback / All Staff Suggestions / Non-Fiction Suggestions / Alan H.
Type New
Format
ISBN 9780878468607

A paperback edition of the book described by the New York Times Book Review as _thoroughly absorbing_. Henry James minced no words in crediting John Singer Sargent with a _knock-down insolence of talent._ Among the painter_s many renowned works, few deserve the phrase as much as The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit, which stands alongside Madame X and Lady Agnew of Lochnaw as one of Sargent_s greatest images. The painting, depicting four young sisters in the family apartment (first exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1883, it predated by just one year the scandal of Madame X), both explores and defies convention, crossing the boundaries between portrait and genre scene, formal composition and casual snapshot. At its unveiling, one prominent critic rushed to praise Sargent_s stunning originality, while another dismissed the canvas as _four corners and a void._ Using numerous unpublished archival documents, Erica E. Hirshler explores this iconic canvas from a variety of angles, discussing its innovative significance as a work of art, the people involved in its making and what became of them, its importance to Sargent_s career, its place in the tradition of artistic patronage, and its changing meanings and lasting popularity. Sargent_s Daughters is an evocative, multifaceted book that will transform the way you look at Sargent_s work, simultaneously illuminating a much beloved painting and reaffirming its mystery

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