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On desperate seas : a biography of Gilbert Stuart

Author: James Thomas Flexner
Publisher: New York : Fordham University Press, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is Flexner's portrait of Gilbert Stuart, painter of George Washington and other founding fathers, who once shied away from a self-portrait he had begun to please his bride. Flexner presents us with a portrait such as the artist himself would have constructed it: frank, without flattery, profound, and soul-stirring. Born in poverty in Rhode Island, Stuart became through his art the intimate of the great of two  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Gilbert Stuart; Gilbert Stuart
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Thomas Flexner
ISBN: 0823216128 9780823216123
OCLC Number: 32166872
Notes: Originally published: Gilbert Stuart. 1st ed. New York : Knopf, 1955. (Great lives in brief).
Description: 197, viii pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Other Titles: Gilbert Stuart
Responsibility: by James Thomas Flexner.
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This is Flexner's portrait of Gilbert Stuart, painter of George Washington and other founding fathers, who once shied away from a self-portrait he had begun to please his bride. Flexner presents us with a portrait such as the artist himself would have constructed it: frank, without flattery, profound, and soul-stirring. Born in poverty in Rhode Island, Stuart became through his art the intimate of the great of two continents. Yet he never abandoned his disdain for worldly rank, or his fascination with character. He made huge sums in England, but spent even more in dissipation. Prison yawned for him, and he fled his creditors. During the thirty-five American years he painted with brilliance, creating a unique portrait manner. His rank as an artist was never questioned, but his nerves would not quiet. He drank, fought with his wife, and tormented his children. He died as he had lived: famous and bankrupt.

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