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Historical novelists show the challenges and interesting points of writing about art, artists, and architects of the 19th century. Mary F. Burns, Michael Llwellyn, Yves Fey, and Ciji Ware

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Brushstrokes to Keystrokes W riting Fiction about Artists & Architects Mary Burns Michael Llewellyn Yves Fey Ciji Ware

Brushstrokes to Keystrokes:

Brushstrokes to Keystrokes Writing Fiction about Artists & Architects

MARY BURNS: Portraits of an Artist:

MARY BURNS: Portraits of an Artist

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The characters in the novel are Sargent’s portraits.

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John Singer Sargent (1856-1925)

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Carolus Duran, Sargent’s master, taught him art as well as business.

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Sargent preferred to paint watercolors and landscapes, but portraits brought money and fame.

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His first entry to the Paris Salon was very “impressionistic.”

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The Paris Salon, started in 1752, was very conservative.

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The “Salon des Refusés” was the birth of the avant-garde, 1863.

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The “new” Salon, post-1878, welcomed new styles of art.

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Sargent’s “Portraits d’Enfants” was on a 7’ by 7’ square canvas.

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Louise Burckhardt was rumored to have had a liaison with Sargent.

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Albert de Belleroche, also rumored to have had a liaison with Sargent.

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“Every portrait painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not the sitter.” -- Oscar Wilde

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The “Portrait of Madame X” was the flashpoint of a scandal that drove Sargent from Paris.

MICHAEL LLEWELLYN: Creole Son:

MICHAEL LLEWELLYN: Creole Son

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Celestine Musson, Degas’s Creole Mother

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The balcony railing helped to identify the Degas family house in New Orleans.

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Edgar Degas, self portrait, 1865

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Prussian siege of Paris, 1870-71

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New Orleans, 1870s

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Degas House, New Orleans

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Degas’s cousin, Estelle Musson

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Cotton Offices in New Orleans

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Cotton Merchants , in Degas’ “new” style

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Port of New Orleans, circa 1872

YVES FEY: Floats the Dark Shadow:

YVES FEY: Floats the Dark Shadow

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The scandalous Eiffel Tower, born in 1889, became the symbol of a new era.

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But memories of the Commune haunted Paris. (painting by Maximilien Luce)

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Renoir’s painting of La Moulin de la Galette shows the joy of the Belle Époque.

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Few women artists were granted any recognition. Mary Cassatt was one.

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Berthe Morisot exchanged ideas and techniques with Manet.

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Eva Gonzalès was also a student of Manet.

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Marie Braquemond’s husband forced her to abandon Impressionism.

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Artist’s model, then painter, Suzanne Valadon was unique.

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Many women attended L’Academie Julien.

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All students learned by copying the masters in the Louvre.

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L’Ecole des Beaux Arts first admitted women in 1897.

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Galatea and the Cyclops , by Gustave Moreau Morning Walk , by John Singer Sargent Different men urged my heroine Theo to paint in different styles.

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Theo might experiment with meticulous Pointillism, like Maximilien Luce.

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Or she might try energetic brush work like Van Gogh.

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She might have done this sketch of the Moulin de la Galette by Federico Zandomeneghi

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But Theo’s painting style most resembles the bold assymetric compositions of Degas’.

CIJI WARE: A Race to Splendor:

CIJI WARE: A Race to Splendor

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Julia Morgan, Architect

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San Francisco on Fire, 1906

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Mills College Bell Tower

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Morgan family Oakland carriage barn, post-quake

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250,000 homeless for 2-1/2 years

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Julia Morgan’s drawing skills

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Fairmont Hotel, damaged by fire, April 1906

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Interior Damage, Fairmont Hotel

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Fairmont Hotel Restoration

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