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Amazons in the Drawing Room: The Art of Romaine Brooks Hardcover – 15 Sep 2000

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Whitney Chadwick is an art historian and the author of the critically acclaimed Women, Art, and Society. Her other books include Women Artists and the Surrealist Movement, the first full-length study of the women of surrealism, and the crime novel Framed. She is the co-editor of Significant Others: Creativity and Intimate Partnership and The Modern Woman Revisited: Paris Between the Wars, as well as a frequent contributor to exhibition catalogs and books on contemporary art.

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Whitney Chadwick is Professor of Art History at San Francisco State University and author of "Women, Art, and Society" (1990) as well as other books and articles on women in the arts and on surrealism. Joe Lucchesi is a visiting instructor of Art History at Carleton College, and curator of the exhibition of Brooks's art organized by the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
A Good But Incomplete Job on Romaine Brooks 15 Aug. 2000
By Fred Sclafani - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book presents itself as "comprehensive and definitive" on the art and life of Romaine Brooks but alas falls short of the goal. Sadly, if you've waited 25 plus years for a decent book on Brooks since the extemely inadequate "Thief of Souls" catalogue from the early 1970's and the wonderful "Between Me and Life" biography by Meryle Secrest, this new catalogue will disappoint. My problem with it is that while bragging that it reproduces "34 of the 40 nudes and portraits" Brooks painted-- why, oh why, couldn't they finish the job and reproduce the remaining six? Even if it is a catalogue to a touring show what harm would it have done to add 3 pages of color plates and include the portrait of Paul Morand, the 2nd D'Annunzio protrait, the Carl Van Vechten and so on? Additionally, the book's format lacks the grandeur of Brook's work as it has a small, blockly format. On the plus side the color reproduction is excellent for all but two of the pictures--the D'Annunzio has too much yellow in it, and "the Huntress" is too dark. How many years must we wait to see all of her work reproduced in one large format resplendent volume, preferably on mat paper, and, for some of the pictures, their frames included? Additionally, the two essays are fine but hardly "definitive" as both are heavily indebted to the Secrest biography which is still the most thorough job on Brooks and inexplicably still out-of-print after 25 years. Still if you love Brook's art this is a must have as there is nothing else. Don't miss the show!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A beautiful book 17 Sept. 2009
By Gerda Albert - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A beautiful collection of work from an artist that deserves a much larger audience. I wish I could own an original.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Romaine 23 Jan. 2013
By maryon attwood - Published on
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Most people don't know that Romaine's paintings are at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. And this book includes her drawings which I had never seen. This book is an excellent complement to the Wild Hearts book because it provides context for all of the paintings. It was wonderful to see the paintings as the focus of an 'art' book and pictures of the paintings large enough to be able to really look at them. Excellent book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Interesting 25 Sept. 2010
By Jophiel - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful collection of Romaine Brook's work. Most paintings are reproduced in color and the quality is very good. The book possesses a good analysis of her work and also her unique life. "Amazons...." has a permanent place on my bookshelf.
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Check it out 29 Mar. 2010
By LynneW - Published on
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If you want to learn about an interesting female artist, check out this book on Romaine Brooks. Love her work.
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