Violet Oakley: An Artist’s Life

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Rowman & Littlefield, Mar 4, 2016 - 412 páginas
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Violet Oakley: An Artist's Life is the first full-length biography of Violet Oakley (1874–1961), the only major female artist of the beaux-arts mural movement in the United States, as well as an illustrator, stained glass artist, portraitist and author. There is much human interest here: a pampered and spoiled young woman who suddenly finds herself in near poverty, forced to make a living in illustration to support her parents; a sensitive and idealistic young woman who, in a desperate attempt to save her neurasthenic father, embraces Christian Science, a religion derided by her family and friends; a 28 year old woman who receives one of the plum commissions of the era, a mural cycle in the Pennsylvania State Capitol, in a field dominated by much older and predominantly male artists; a woman in her forties who although professionally successful finds herself very much alone and bonds with her student, Edith Emerson; a friend of artists like dancer Ruth St. Denis and violinist Albert Spalding who nevertheless was supremely conscious of social mores, the “Miss Oakley” of the Social Register who preferred the company of upper class to bohemian society; the tireless self-promoter who traveled abroad to become the unofficial visual historian of the League of Nations yet who ironically was increasingly regarded as a local artist.
 

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Ch01 A Goodly Heritage 18741894
1
Ch02 The Magic Door 18941897
29
Ch03 1523 Chestnut Street 18971902
59
Ch04 The Romance of the Red Rose 19021905
91
Ch05 Controversy and Triumph 19051906
123
Ch06 Building the House of Wisdom 19061910
143
Ch07 Endings and Beginnings 19111912
167
Photospread
189
Ch11 The Opening of the Book of the Law 19231927
267
Ch12 Geneva and Florence 19271929
289
Ch13 The Geneva Drawings 19291937
313
Ch14 The Pilgrimage of a Painter 19371961
345
Appendix 1 Violet Oakleys Illustrations 18961908
377
Appendix 2 Violet Oakleys Murals in the Pennsylvania State Capitol
381
Appendix 3 List of Violet Oakleys World War II Altarpieces
383
Bibliography
387

Ch08 The Painter and the Architect 19121915
191
Ch09 The Creation and Preservation of the Union 19151917
215
Ch10 The Holy Experiment 19171923
235
Index
401
About the Author
423
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Bailey Van Hook is professor of art history and co-director of the MA program in material culture and public humanities at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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