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In The Girl with the Gallery, journalist Lindsay Pollock brings Halpert and her era vividly back to life, tracing the story of how this remarkable woman, who started out a penniless Jewish immigrant, made it her mission to fight for American art and artists. Illlustrated with eight pages of full color photographs, this is biography at its finest, an unforgettable story of class, money, vanity, jealousy, and tragic loss.
Posted March 4, 2012
The early 20th century was filled with all kinds of era breaking art, it was the Americans that put the extra umph in modern art. Edith Gregor Halpert. Growing up as an immigrant in New York, Edith learned to work hard at whatever she did, wheather it was learning English or perfecting her math skills. At a young age, Edith learned the art of business, and then furhter down the road, she perfected her own are of selling, even at one point being one of the most successful people, let alone woman of the time. however, the success was tearing up her marriage, so she quit, hoping to salvage what was left. She wasnt happy not working, so after following her artist husband arround, she realized that even though she couldnt actually produce beautiful art, she did know art, and that owning a gallery featuring the newest of american artist, and modern art. It became her passion and she was widely successful. Quickly she made friends with the richest woman in the country, a Mrs. Rockerfeller. Together they were legendary.
Overall, i liked the book because it was easy to read, and at times to releate to. I even learned a thing or two. But on the other hand, i disliked it because i felt like it had a lot of excess details that wasnt crucial to the plot, or the overall story.