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Summer Idyll

Carnation, Lily. Lily, Rose,* 1885-1886, John Singer Sargent (1856-1925). Oil on canvas, 68.5 x 60.51 in. (174 x 153.7 cm). Tate Britain. (Click on the girls' faces and other details to enlarge.) Sargent made several preparatory studies for this work--three of which, though not the painting itself, are in the current exhibition at the Met, cited below. For much more on this delightfully atypical painting, see our forthcoming review.

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EXHIBITION PREVIEW: Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends, Metropolitan Museum of Art, June 30 - October 4. 2015. John Singer Sargent is regrettably best known for his commissioned portraits of the society swells of his day. This must-see exhibition offers an entirely different perspective, however, featuring more intimate portraits of individuals he truly cared about. We will offer our take on the show and provide links to related information of interest in our next issue. Subscribe to our free updates list to be notified, or check back later. (If you plan to attend, note that Met admission fees are recommended, not required. Pay whatever you wish or can afford.)

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What Art Is: The Esthetic Theory of Ayn Rand (2000). Chapter Summaries, Reviews/Responses. . .

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What Art Is Online (2000-2003)
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