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A studio of her own : women artists in Boston, 1870-1940

Author: Erica E Hirshler; Janet L Comey; Ellen E Roberts; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Publisher: Boston : MFA Publications, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"A Studio of Her Own tells the interwoven stories of some forty women artists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, exploring, in the author's words, "both the individual lives and talents of Boston women artists and the integrated relationships that enabled many of them to excel."" "No one category or medium can encompass these careers, which range from the paintings of Ellen Day Hale and the sculptures of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Hirshler, Erica E.
Studio of her own.
Boston : MFA Publications, c2001
(OCoLC)606611094
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Erica E Hirshler; Janet L Comey; Ellen E Roberts; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
ISBN: 0878464824 9780878464821
OCLC Number: 47958641
Notes: "This book was published in conjunction with the exhibition "A Studio of Her Own: Women Artists in Boston, 1870-1940" organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from August 15 to December 2, 2001"--T.p. verso.
Description: xiv, 227 p. : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 27 cm.
Contents: Opening steps --
The students of William Morris Hunt --
Beautifying everyday life : Sarah Wyman Whitman --
Boston women and the Arts and Crafts movement --
Redefining fine art : Sarah Sears, Laura Hills, and Ethel Reed --
Studying art abroad --
New opportunities in Boston --
The Boston School --
Balancing acts --
"Thumping wet clay" --
Modern women, modern art.
Responsibility: Erica E. Hirshler ; with biographies of the artists by Janet L. Comey and Ellen E. Roberts.

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"A Studio of Her Own tells the interwoven stories of some forty women artists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, exploring, in the author's words, "both the individual lives and talents of Boston women artists and the integrated relationships that enabled many of them to excel."" "No one category or medium can encompass these careers, which range from the paintings of Ellen Day Hale and the sculptures of Katharine Lane Weems to the photographs of Sarah Sears and the innovative book designs of Sarah Wyman Whitman. Included as well are lengthy discussions of the importance of the Arts and Crafts movement; the conflicts presented by concerns of marriage and family (as well as the relative freedom offered by the "Boston marriage" between two women); the role of the MFA School and of such key instructors as Frank W. Benson, William Rimmer, and Edmund Tarbell; and the ways in which societal changes have influenced the art itself. Perhaps more than anything, this is a story of community and resourcefulness, in which some artists adopted "suitable" media and subject matter - still lifes, arts and crafts - and made them their own, while others campaigned for the right to work in such traditionally "male" domains as monumental sculpture, and still others braved the scandal of painting from live nude models, traveling abroad to study their art, or showing their work on a national scale." "Published to accompany a major exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, A Studio of Her Own is the definitive work on an important but little-known moment in America's cultural history"--BOOK JACKET.

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