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The Seed of Ambition

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Description: Inventing the Modern Artist: Art and Culture in Gilded Age America
In 1900, American artists—as seen by contemporary critics—presented a vigorous, triumphantly self-assertive front at the Paris Universal Exposition. John Singer Sargent’s vivid portrait Mrs. Carl Meyer and Her Children (see fig. 73), occupying the center of one muted green wall in the American rooms, made an arresting impression as the “crack-a-jack picture of the show.” Symmetrically flanking Mrs. Meyer—the quintessence of fashion and artifice—were images of raw, ostensibly unmediated nature: …
PublisherYale University Press
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