Anyone who has admired Gainsborough's Blue Boy of the Huntington Collection in California, or Rembrandt's Aristotle Contemplating the Bust of Homer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York owes much of his or her pleasure to art dealer Joseph Duveen (1869-1939). Regarded as the most influential or, in some circles, notorious dealer of the twentieth century, Duveen established himself selling the European masterpieces of Titian, Botticelli, Giotto, and Vermeer to newly and lavishly wealthy American businessmen J. P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, and Andrew Mellon, to name just a few. It is no exaggeration to say that Duveen was the driving force behind every important private art collection in the United States. The first major biography of Duveen in more than fifty years and the first to make use of his enormous archive only recently opened to the public Meryle Secrest's Duveen traces the rapid ascent of the tirelessly enterprising dealer, from his humble beginnings running his father's business to knighthood and eventually apeerage. The eldest of eight sons of Jewish-Dutch immigrants, Duveen inherited an uncanny ability to spot a hidden treasure from his father, proprietor of a prosperous antiques business. After his father's death, Duveen moved the company into the riskier but lucrative market of paintings and quickly became one of the world's leading art dealers. The key to Duveen's success was his simple observation that while Europe had the art, America had the money; Duveen made his fortune by buying art from declining European aristocrats and selling them to the "squillionaires" in the United States. "By far the best account of Joseph Duveen's life in a biography that is rich in detail, scrupulously researched, and sympathetically written. [Secrest's] inquiries into early-twentieth-century collecting whet our appetite for a more
Meryle Secrest has written biographies of, among others, Romaine Brooks, Bernard Berenson, Kenneth Clark, Salvador Dale, Stephen Sondheim, and Frank Lloyd Wright, the last available from the Unviersity of Chicago Press.
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Descrizione libro Knopf 2004-09-21, 2004. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 1st. 0375410422 New, never used, overstock edition. Codice libro della libreria Z0375410422ZN
Descrizione libro Knopf, 2004. Condizione libro: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: "The first major biography in more than 50 years of Lord Duveen of Millbank-the most important art dealer of the 20th century-and the first to make use of the enormous Duveen archive that spans a century and has, until recently, been kept under lock and key at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Meryle Secrest, biographer of Kenneth Clark, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Bernard Berenson, brings all of her gifts to this remarkable story. She writes about Duveen's apprenticeship and how he became head of Duveen Brothers at 29. She shows him moving the company away from tapestries and Chinese porcelains to the more speculative, lucrative, and glamorous business of dealing in Old Masters, for which a market was springing up in America, fueled by the new "squillionaires"-Morgan, Frick, et al.-just at the moment when British aristocrats with great art collections were desperate for ready cash. Secrest details the controversies in which Duveen became embroiled. his rise to the upper levels of British society. his influence at Buckingham Palace. his legendary art espionage (a network of hotel employees spied on his clients to discover their tastes). A book of multifascination in its contribution to our knowledge and understanding of art as commerce and of American and English taste in the grand manner. As Andrew Mellon once said, paintings never looked as good afterwards as they did when Duveen was standing in front of them.". Codice libro della libreria ABE_book_new_0375410422
Descrizione libro Knopf, 2004. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0375410422
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