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

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Read Sargent's Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas Online Free - 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.

Title : Sargent's Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas
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ISBN : 0393079031
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 336 pages


Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★★☆

August 18, 2017

First woman, Elsie Singer, portrait Second woman, Lucia Fairchild. Although Sargent didn't paint her, only her sister Sally, he had a big influence on her own painting endevour and career. Third woman was Elizabeth Cha...

Dem rated it ★★☆☆☆

September 18, 2017

2.5 Stars Really wanted to love this one as it had all the elements I was looking for in a good book but unfortunately it fell flat for me and I will try to outline my reasons why. I love reading books about painters and their muses and was really excited when I read the premise for this book. A mu...

Jill rated it ★★★★☆

August 26, 2017

Have you ever looked at a portrait and wondered who the person was and what their life was like? Had they been chosen as a subject to pose for the artist or had they chosen the artist to portray them? Was the portrait done because the subject was famous or the artist was? A portrait can bring so...

Marzie rated it ★★★★☆

August 20, 2017

I was fortunate to receive an Advanced Reading Copy of this book 3.5 Stars John Singer Sargent has long been my favorite American painter. I first became fascinated with his work in the early 80's and was lucky enough to have been able to view the massive Whitney Museum of American Art retrospectiv...

Jennybeast rated it ★★★★☆

July 08, 2017

This is a fascinating set of biographies, not so much of John Singer Sargent, but of several of his subjects. The splendid writing takes you right into the high celebrity drama of the gilded age, and rounds out the painted portraits with all the life details one might want. I hope that the actual...

Stephanie rated it ★★★★★

August 08, 2017

I am a fan of John Sargents paintings and especially his portraits! This is an enticing story of four women that he painted: Elsie Palmer, Sally Fairchild, Elizabeth Chandler and Isabell Stewart Gardner.All very wealthy and very interesting! They lived during America's Gilded Age and Lucey's deta...

Margie rated it ★★★★☆

September 24, 2017

Fabulous research into four women lucky enough & rich enough to have had their portraits painted by John Singer Sargent. By far the best bio was that of Isabella Stewart Gardner. So glad I've been to her museum in Boston - this book made it come alive, enriched my knowledge of its history,

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