AUTHOR: Carolyn Burke is a prominent biographer and essayist, author of Becoming Modern: The Life of Mina Loy (1996); Lee Miller: A Life (2006), which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and No Regrets: The Life of Edith Piaf (2011), which was named a best book of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Sunday Times (UK).
NEW MATERIAL: While many have written on O’Keeffe and her relationship with Stieglitz, few have had access to the bulk of their correspondence, recently released by Yale. Foursome reevaluates the couple through close readings of this trove of letters.
O’KEEFFE: An iconic American artist whose work still draws crowds today, and whose life and legacy continue to fascinate. She holds the record ($44.4 million in 2014) for the highest price paid for a painting by a woman.
STEIGLITZ AND STRAND: Pioneers of the rise of photography as a legitimate artistic medium, their influence is still felt today. Yet their relationship has never before been explored comprehensively, and Strand has never been the subject of a book-length biography.
“A fabulous read. A wonderful book.”—Diane Johnson
“Fascinating…compelling…thoroughly researched and capacious.”—Wendy Lesser, The Wall Street Journal
“Deeply researched and richly imagined…Burke focuses on two marriages in a way that amplifies the personal and artistic lives of a quartet of painters and photographers and magnifies their powerful influence on 20th-century art…ingenious.”—The National Book Review
“Expert and enthralling…illuminates key intimate and historical aspects of the lives of four extraordinarily creative, intrepid, and influential artists to profound effect.”—Donna Seaman, Booklist (starred review)
“Fascinating, well-told.”—Sarah Boxer, The New York Times Book Review
“[A] sharp-eyed group portrait of two artistic couples…[Burke depicts] in rich detail the complex interactions among four vibrant people during a seminal era in American culture—a task she accomplishes in astute, lucid prose.”—Wendy Smith, The Washington Post
“Seasoned biographer Burke…chronicles the intertwined lives of four 20th-century influencers who propelled American photography and painting through momentous decades…solidly researched.”—Library Journal
“Intimate and exhaustively researched…offers detailed insight into one of the most important periods in American art.”—Publishers Weekly
“A well-researched account of sensual artists.”—Kirkus
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