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Sargent's Women

Nonfiction: History
Unabridged   10.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 08/22/2017

Sargent's Women

Four Lives Behind the Canvas

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681687285
Digital Download ISBN:9781681687292


The fascinating backstories of four women painted by John Singer Sargent come alive in this seductive, multilayered biography.

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Product Description

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


“She [Wiley] maintains the same tone and pace throughout the four sections, blending them together into a complete narrative. She enlivens the more colorful incidents with mild impressions and accents, bringing the most interesting events and people to the foreground.” —Booklist Audio Review

"A rollicking snow globe version of an almost unimaginable world of wealth, crackpot notions of self-improvement and high-flying self-indulgence . . . woven around an often passionate commitment to, deep admiration for and wide-ranging pursuit of the fine and literary arts." —New York Times

"Lucey's carefully researched and illustrated history of four women immortalized in Sargent portraits creates a vivid picture of the Gilded Age." —Shelf Awareness

Author Bio

Donna M. Lucey is the author of the bestselling Archie and Amélie and other books. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with her husband, writer Henry Wiencek.