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To Seize the Passing Dream - A novel of Wistler , his women and his world
To Seize the Passing Dream - A novel of Wistler his women and his world Author:Ted Berkman Although he was an American educated at West Point, and proud of his Yankee heritage, he lived in Europe most of his life, spending his childhood in St. Petersburg,his art-student days in Paris, and more than forty years in London. — In his affections, he was inconstant as the butterfly he used for a signature, yet his greatest painting was a por... more »trait of his middle-aged mother, and he outlived the only woman he ever married.
His personal tastes---in clothing, in decor, in women---were distictly flamboyant, but in his painting, his hallmark was the subtle use of color, particularly muted shades of gray, brown, and black.
He was a man plagued by self-doubt and constantly in need of money, but he refused to make the concessions to popular taste that would bringhim critical acceptance and lucrative commissions. Ironically, however, his daring iconoclsm later came to be accepted as a new artistic standard, and he became one of the most admired and imitated artists of his age.
Despite torrents of words previously devoted to him, the man himself has always slid away, remaining elusive and enigmatic, showing no more than he csred to. In this compelling novel,Ted Berkman captures the whole of this complex, tormented, and irresistible figure.« less