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John White Alexander: An American Artist in the Gilded Age

John White Alexander: An American Artist in the Gilded Age
Mary Anne Goley

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Pittsburgh-born John White Alexander (1856-1915) was an internationally recognized portrait painter, on a par with his contemporaries John Singer Sargent and William Merritt Chase. However, the works that have earned him even greater acclaim than his portraits are his figure paintings of women striking evocative poses and elaborately arranged in flowing dresses. His talent blossomed after he encountered Juliette Very, the Parisian model who became his muse. In finding his own unique style, he applied the lessons of muted and harmonious coloration from James McNeil Whistler and learned to use bold abstract forms and flowing lines from the post-impressionist group of painters, the Nabis. This biography is the first to provide an in-depth account of Alexander's varied life and a career practised between America and Europe.

Author Info

Mary Anne Goley was the founding Director of the Fine Arts Program of the Federal Reserve Board, Washington D.C. (1975 through 2006). She organized the first exhibit of John White Alexander's work in 1976 at the National Collection of Fine Arts (now the Smithsonian American Art Museum). The author had early access to the untouched estate in 1973 and is the acknowledged expert on Alexander.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd
Publisher: Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd

ISBN: 9781781300602
Publication Date: 18 Dec 2017
Number of Pages: 272
Height: 280
Width: 230
Illustrations: 90 colour and black and white illustrations

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