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Nights Rome, Venice, in the Aesthetic Eighties; London, Paris, in the Fighting Nineties   By: (1855-1936)

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In Nights Rome, Venice, in the Aesthetic Eighties; London, Paris, in the Fighting Nineties, Elizabeth Robins Pennell offers readers a captivating glimpse into the vibrant artistic and literary scenes of late 19th-century Europe. Through her detailed and insightful writings, Pennell invites us to join her on a journey through the artistic landscapes of Rome, Venice, London, and Paris during two pivotal decades.

Pennell's prose is eloquent and evocative, skillfully transporting readers to the enchanting cities that served as bastions of creativity during these periods. Her vivid descriptions of the picturesque streets of Italy, the bustling studios of London, and the bohemian establishments of Paris effortlessly bring the reader into these flourishing artistic hubs. The author's ability to portray the atmosphere, sights, and sounds of each city is truly remarkable, immersing the reader into a bygone era bursting with cultural vitality.

What sets this book apart is Pennell's unique perspective as both an observer and participant in these artistic circles. As a journalist, she had the opportunity to interact with renowned artists such as James McNeill Whistler, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Oscar Wilde, and Henry James. Pennell's personal anecdotes and encounters with these luminaries lend an intimate and authentic touch to her narrative, providing valuable insights into the lives and personalities of these influential figures. Her firsthand experiences also offer glimpses into the bohemian lifestyle of the time, with its eccentricities, rivalries, and intellectual fervor.

Beyond the artistic milieu, Pennell delves into the social and historical contexts of each city, shedding light on the social inequalities and political developments that shaped these periods. Her nuanced exploration of the influence of societal pressures on artistic expression adds depth and richness to her account. Moreover, she skillfully navigates the gender dynamics of the time, highlighting the challenges faced by female artists seeking recognition in a predominantly male-dominated sphere.

Despite the book's focus on the 1880s and 1890s, Pennell's observations still resonate today. Her musings on the tension between tradition and modernity in art, the role of critics, and the ever-changing dynamics of artistic communities feel remarkably relevant. This enduring relevance is a testament to Pennell's astute observations and her ability to capture the essence of artistic epochs in a way that transcends time.

Nights Rome, Venice, in the Aesthetic Eighties; London, Paris, in the Fighting Nineties is a beautifully written, meticulously researched book that appeals not only to art enthusiasts but also to lovers of history and culture. It is a captivating journey through time and space, a testament to the indelible impact of art and the endless allure of the great European cities. Elizabeth Robins Pennell's unique perspective and eloquent prose make this book an absolute treasure for anyone seeking to immerse themselves in the artistic wonders of the late 19th century.

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The Authorized Life, with much new matter added which was not available at the time of issue of the elaborate two volume edition, now out of print. Fully illustrated with 97 plates reproduced from Whistler's works. Crown octavo. XX 450 pages, Whistler binding, deckle edge. $8.50 net. Three quarter grain levant, $7.50 net.



An intimate personal record in text and in picture of the lives of the famous author and artist in the city whose recent story will be to many an absolute surprise a city with a brilliant history, great beauty, immense wealth. Mr. Pennell's one hundred and five illustrations, made especially for this volume, will be a revelation in their interest and as art inspired by the love of his native town. Quarto, 7 1/2 by 10 inches, XIV 552 pages. Handsomely bound in red buckram, boxed. $7.50 net.



Twenty eight reproductions of lithographs made on the Isthmus of Panama, January March, 1912, with Mr. Pennell's introduction, giving his experiences and impressions, and a full description of each picture... Continue reading book >>

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