The White Blackbird

The White Blackbird

A Granddaughter's Life of the Painter Margarett Sargent

Book - 1996
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"At the heart of Margarett Sargent's life lies a mystery, lost in silence. Why does a woman who has devoted herself to making art, stop?" "A marvelously gifted painter, Sargent spent much of her life smashing convention. She was born into stultifying privilege in the age of Edith Wharton, but sought another life - and as the American art world shuddered under the impact of Modernism, Margarett was hurling bright colors onto canvas, forging her own unique style." "For a time, she seemed capable of everything: raising the ideal children, perfecting her art, hosting the most daring parties, conducting the most outrageous affairs, drinking more than anyone else. Whispered rumors and tales of her audacious wit trailed her from Brahmin Boston to New York to Paris. But drink was becoming her best companion; it smothered the awkward clashes between society wife and creative artist, and no one saw that the exuberant appetites of a charismatic woman concealed a creeping paralysis of will. When, after twenty years of successful exhibitions, it seemed she was finally to be accepted on her own terms as a painter, she chose to lay down her brushes." "Honor Moore has refused to let her grandmother's mystery rest. In a mesmerizing weave of biography and reflection, she pieces together a fascinating and unexpected story, and returns to Margarett Sargent the voice she relinquished. In writing as vivid and exhilarating as Sargent's painting, Moore recovers a life whose agonies and triumphs echo the striving of creative women in our century."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Publisher: New York : Viking, 1996
ISBN: 9780670805631
0670805637
Branch Call Number: ND237.S313 M66 1996
Characteristics: 371 p., [12] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 20 cm

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