Children of the Gilded Era: Portraits of Sargent, Renoir, Cassatt and their Contemporaries

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"Children of the Gilded Era: Portraits by Sargent, Renoir, Cassatt, and their Contemporaries presents a compelling selection of children's portraits painted at the end of the nineteenth century - an age of Mark Twain, Henry James and Edith Wharton. The featured paintings by John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Lawrence Ahna-Tadema, Edgar Degas, and James McNeill Whistler, some of the leading artists of this pivotal period in the histories of the United States and Europe, offer an idyllic view of yesterday's childhood." Well-known examples such as John Singer Sargent's delightful Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, with its enchanting garden scene of Polly and Dolly, daughters of the artist Frederick Barnard, lighting paper lanterns, or the collective family groups such as The Artist's Family by the French Impressionist Pierre Auguste Renoir, showing his wife and children with their nurse, are featured alongside lesser-known, but equally endearing, works sharing both the formal and informal moments of a bygone age.
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Christopher Benfey
Barbara Dayer Gallati's Children of the Gilded Era: Portraits by Sargent, Renoir, Cassatt, and Their Contemporaries makes a beguiling stocking stuffer, with its worldly portraits ''intended both to preserve the likeness of a precious child and to function as objects of aesthetic value.'' Here the inanimate objects sometimes steal the show: the runaway toy horse and bright red cart in Eakins's studious ''Baby at Play,'' or the outsize porcelain vases that convey as much emotion as the blase older sisters in Sargent's masterpiece ''The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit.'' It is good to be reminded what a great painter of children Cecilia Beaux was, especially when she compels us, as in her oddly angled portrait of her wide-awake niece, ''Ernesta With Nurse,'' to view the world from a child's point of view.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781858942728
  • Publisher: Merrell Publishers, LTD
  • Publication date: 8/26/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2004

    YESTERYEAR'S CHILDREN OF PRIVILEGE

    As many know, American painter John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925) was not only a gifted landscape artist but was also recognized as the outstanding society portraitist of his day. One often thinks of him in connection with his painting of Madame X and the scandal that ensued. However, we are reminded of a much different Sargent when we view his portraits of children, so innocent, so appealing. Sargent, of course, is not the only artist noted for his children's portraits. James McNeill Whistler rendered a stunning full length portrait of Miss Cicely Alexander, the daughter of a London banker and art collector. Renoir left to the world warm canvases depicting his family, Thomas Eakins immortalized children at play, and Joshua Reynolds portrayed an angelic child with 'A Little Girl..' These artists and more are represented in 'Children of the Gilded Era: Portraits by Sargent, Renoir, Cassatt, and their Contemporaries' by Barbara Gallati, well known lecturer and Curator of American Art at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. More than a collection of memorable paintings of children this lovely volume represents how children were seen at the end of the 19th century. At that time, one's place in society was often undergirded by commissioned portraits. Thus, the children were seen not only through the artists' eyes but as the family wished them to be regarded and seen. With 80 illustrations, each accompanied by a brief sketch, and seven succinct essays the reader is offered pictorial and narrative insight into how yesterday's society viewed children. - Gail Cooke

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