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The Resource Alice Pike Barney : her life and art, Jean L. Kling ; introduction by Wanda M. Corn

Alice Pike Barney : her life and art, Jean L. Kling ; introduction by Wanda M. Corn

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Alice Pike Barney : her life and art
Title
Alice Pike Barney
Title remainder
her life and art
Statement of responsibility
Jean L. Kling ; introduction by Wanda M. Corn
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Language
eng
Summary
Defying social and family expectations, the wealthy, often eccentric Alice Pike Barney (1857-1931) zestfully committed herself to the arts and became known for her lively art salons, bohemian lifestyle, and unusual family. Alice and her counterparts in other cities represented a new social type: women who lived proper upper-class lives but did not follow the rules using their wealth and privilege to buy themselves freedoms and to promote causes the rich did not customarily embrace. As an artist, writer, theater director, philanthropist, civic leader, and patron of the arts, Alice moved in the turn-of-the-century artistic circles of Paris, London, and Washington, D.C. Throughout Alice's life, which often seemed a dramatic play of her own writing, she encountered a brilliant cast of characters: among them Oscar Wilde, James McNeill Whistler, and the legendary explorer Henry Morton Stanley, whose impassioned offer of marriage she rejected. Her easygoing personality and charming wit dazzled the artistic circles she traversed with such ease, winning the friendship of Anna Pavlova, Sarah Bernhardt, Ruth St. Denis, and Emma Calve, among many others. Shortly after she turned nineteen, Alice accepted the marriage proposal of Gilded Age-industrialist, Albert Clifford Barney. Throughout their married life, Albert encouraged Alice to work at her social position rather than her artistic pursuits. Her stubborn refusal to compromise her ideals infuriated him and led to continuous conflict. They led separate lives for much of their marriage, Albert eventually drinking himself into an early grave, while Alice raised their two daughters, Natalie and Laura, and established her salon in Europe and the United States. Alice began seriously painting during the Barneys' first trip to Paris in 1883, studying with Charles Emile Auguste Carolus-Duran, a master portrait painter. She continued painting on her return to the United States, winning accolades and a congressional commission, that shocked Washington society, who found it unseemly that a woman of wealth and social standing would paint at all. She pursued the arts all her life, exhibiting a rare versatility between the fine arts and the performing arts. After Albert's death, and during her subsequent marriage to Christian Hemmick, a man thirty years her junior, Alice devoted herself to the arts and converting Washington, D.C., from a cultural backwater to a true capital of the arts. Among her other accomplishments, Alice designed and built what was considered an anomaly in her time, a studio house intended to provide a focus for the arts and artists of Washington, D.C. The Studio House, as she called it, became the base for her manipulation of Washington culture. However, foremost in Alice's intentions in building Studio House, was her desire to show others how to live artistically. To this day, Studio House exists as one of the few extant examples of a turn-of-the-century artist's studio residence. With illustrations of her most important paintings as well as archival black-and-white photographs, this biography adds a significant chapter to the history of women in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
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individual biography
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Kling, Jean L
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illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Barney, Alice Pike
  • Barney, Alice Pike
  • Barney, Alice Pike
  • Barney, Alice Pike
  • Barney, Alice Pike
  • Barney, Alice Pike
  • Barney, Alice Pike
  • Women artists
  • Women art patrons
  • Women art patrons
  • Women artists
  • United States
  • Kunst
  • Kunstbevordering
  • Biografie
Label
Alice Pike Barney : her life and art, Jean L. Kling ; introduction by Wanda M. Corn
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 316-321) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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  • text
  • still image
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  • txt
  • sti
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  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
List of works of art by Alice Pike Barney -- Acknowledgments -- Preface -- Introduction -- part 1. Early years. Her father's daughter ; New York ventures ; Henry Morton Stanley ; Marrying Albert -- part 2. Transformations. Discoveries ; Society and art ; Friendship with Whistler ; A French salon ; New Independence ; In the public eye ; Tackling Washington -- part 3. Later years. Setting an example ; Love behind the scenes ; The course of true love ; War efforts ; A ballet for Pavlova ; A national theater ; The end of a marriage ; Life in Hollywood ; Afterword
Control code
28421664
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
333 pages
Isbn
9781560983446
Lccn
93026425
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
Colby: Gift of Peter and Paula Lunder
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)28421664
Label
Alice Pike Barney : her life and art, Jean L. Kling ; introduction by Wanda M. Corn
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 316-321) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
List of works of art by Alice Pike Barney -- Acknowledgments -- Preface -- Introduction -- part 1. Early years. Her father's daughter ; New York ventures ; Henry Morton Stanley ; Marrying Albert -- part 2. Transformations. Discoveries ; Society and art ; Friendship with Whistler ; A French salon ; New Independence ; In the public eye ; Tackling Washington -- part 3. Later years. Setting an example ; Love behind the scenes ; The course of true love ; War efforts ; A ballet for Pavlova ; A national theater ; The end of a marriage ; Life in Hollywood ; Afterword
Control code
28421664
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
333 pages
Isbn
9781560983446
Lccn
93026425
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
Colby: Gift of Peter and Paula Lunder
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)28421664

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