From Booklist Sturgis proved to be an exceptional artist's biographer in Aubrey Beardsley (1999), and he now presents a substantial but ever-lively life of the questing British painter Sickert (1860-1942), whom Sturgis succinctly describes as 'a great man and a great artist.' Charming and mischievous, Sickert enjoyed a happy childhood, a stint as an actor that inspired his scandalous music-hall paintings, and marriage to a woman willing to support him even after they divorced because of his many affairs. Sickert's notorious sexual escapades run the gamut from romantic to pragmatic to farcical. Profoundly inspired by James McNeil Whistler and Degas, Sickert became a leader among radical British painters, an influential art critic, and a teacher. Sturgis' glowing portrait stands in stark opposition to crime writer Patricia Cornwell's extravagant claim in Portrait of a Killer (2002) that Sickert was Jack the Ripper. Indeed, Sturgis makes short work of Cornwell's allegations after fully substantiating his portrait of Sickert as a revered artist whose joie de vivre, 'rare power of objective vision,' frankness, and intensity revitalized the British figurative tradition. Donna SeamanCopyright ? American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Read more Review ?[Sturgis] clearly has a profound sense of the paradoxes underlying the man and his work. Meticulous, heartfelt and thoroughly convincing.? Times Literary Supplement?A truly comprehensive, grandsweep biography. Detailed, amusing and moving. Brilliantly done, an outstanding achievement. At last Sickert has the biography he deserves.' Spectator?Excellent and authoritative, Sturgis's scholarship is exemplary.? Guardian?A fine biography.? Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday?A biography that is as sure in its chronicling of artistic movements and trends as in its acute attention to the life of its subject.? Financial Times?Magisterial, taut and fresh, it is a measure of how impressive Sickert's life, career and influence is that it feels more apt to argue that the artist has been fortunate in his biographer.? Independent Read more See all Editorial Reviews
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