Sargent's Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas

Sargent's Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas

by Donna M. Lucey


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A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice Selection

“[Lucey] delivers the goods, disclosing the unhappy or colorful lives that Sargent sometimes hinted at but didn’t spell out.”—Boston Globe

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. These women inhabited a rarefied world of wealth and strict conventions—yet all of them did something unexpected, something shocking, to upend society’s rules.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393356168
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 07/24/2018
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 135,349
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Donna M. Luceyis the author of the New York Times best-sellingArchie and Amélieand other books, the recipient of two National Endowment for the Humanities grants, and a 2017 writer-in-residence at Edith Wharton’s The Mount. The media editor at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, she lives in Charlottesville.

Table of Contents


Four Women. Four Lives. Four Paintings xiii

Chapter 1 The Pilgrim 1

Chapter 2 The Sorcerer's Apprentice 54

Chapter 3 The Madonna 118

Chapter 4 The Collector 176

Epilogue: The Curtain Closes 245

Acknowledgments 247

Notes 251

Index 299

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