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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Sir Joshua Reynolds.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1996
|Named Person:||Joshua Reynolds, Sir; Joshua Reynolds; Joshua Reynolds, Sir|
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|Description:||xi, 265 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.|
Wendorf takes us into Reynolds's studio to show us the artist deploying his considerable social and theatrical skills in staging his sittings as carefully orchestrated performances. The painter's difficult relationship with his sister Frances (also an artist and writer), his complicated maneuvering with patrons, the manner in which he set himself up as an artist and businessman, his highly politicized career as the first president of the Royal Academy of Arts: as each of these aspects of Reynolds's practice comes under Wendorf's scrutiny, a new picture of the painter emerges - more sharply defined and fully fleshed than the Reynolds of past portraits, and clearly delineating his capacity for provoking ambivalence among friends and colleagues, and among viewers and readers today.