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Anna Klumpke : a turn-of-the-century painter and her world
Dwyer, Britta C., 1935-
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Boston : Northeastern University Press, [1999]

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xxiii, 222 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
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ND237.K57 D88 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A biography of American painter Klumpke (1856-1942), known for her portraits and her biography of her companion, French artist Rosa Bonheur. Dwyer (art history, U. of Pittsburgh) addresses such issues as choices available for women in the arts, the social and artistic obstacles faced by women artist

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Britta C. Dwyer is an art historian who teaches in the Henry Clay Frick Department of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Dwyer (art history, Univ. of Pittsburgh) has prepared a comprehensive study of Klumpke (1856-1942) that returns this artist to a significant historical position while examining a series of issues that dominated her career. In drawing upon family archives, letters, photographs, journals, and Klumpke's own creative works, Dwyer skillfully reconstructs the artist's family background, her relationship with her brother and sisters (all of whom pursued active professional careers), and her creative ties with America and France (during the 1880s and 1890s); she also provides an insightful discussion of Klumpke's companionship with Rosa Bonheur, the most famous female painter of the era. The last chapter sensitively probes the differences between same-sex relationships in America and France; Dwyer clarifies how Bonheur and Klumpke saw themselves in light of society's difficulties with their relationship. The result is a substantial work that will be a model for future biographical studies of women painters. Dwyer's reconstruction of associations and critical responses to Klumpke's imagery is compelling while still allowing the artist's works to speak for themselves through useful color and black-and-white illustrations. General readers; undergraduates through faculty. E. K. Menon; Minnesota State University, Mankato

Table of Contents

Anna E. Klumpke
Illustrationsp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. xix
Part 1 Family Matters
1 The San Francisco Backgroundp. 3
2 Sisters Mounting the Ladder of Science and Artp. 10
Part 2 Art Matters
3 Negotiating the Salonp. 35
4 Networking among Americansp. 46
5 The Lay of the Land: Boston in the 1890sp. 56
6 A Circle of Friends: Variations on the Theme of Patronagep. 68
Part 3 Matters of Choice
7 The Portrait as an Encounter: A Record and an Interpretationp. 89
8 A "Boston Marriage" in Sapphist Paris: A Cross-cultural Exploration of Female Friendshipp. 116
A Retrospectivep. 135
Appendix Select Portraitsp. 145
Notesp. 153
Bibliographyp. 191
Indexp. 215