Romaine Brooks: A Life by Cassandra LangerRomaine Brooks: A Life by Cassandra Langer

Romaine Brooks: A Life

byCassandra Langer

Hardcover | October 2, 2015

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The artistic achievements of Romaine Brooks (1874-1970), both as a major expatriate American painter and as a formative innovator in the decorative arts, have long been overshadowed by her fifty-year relationship with writer Natalie Barney and a reputation as a fiercely independent, aloof heiress who associated with fascists in the 1930s. In Romaine Brooks: A Life, art historian Cassandra Langer provides a richer, deeper portrait of Brooks's aesthetics and experimentation as an artist-and of her entire life, from her chaotic, traumatic childhood to the enigmatic decades after World War II, when she produced very little art. This provocative, lively biography takes aim at many myths about Brooks and her friends, lovers, and the subjects of her portraits, revealing a woman of wit and passion who overcame enormous personal and societal challenges to become an extraordinary artist and create a life on her own terms.

Romaine Brooks: A Life introduces much fresh information from Langer's decades of research on Brooks and establishes this groundbreaking artist's centrality to feminism and contemporary sexual politics as well as to visual culture.
Cassandra Langer is an art historian, critic, and appraiser. She is the author and editor of several books, including New Feminist Criticisms: Art, Identity, Action. She lives in New York and blogs at
Title:Romaine Brooks: A LifeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:October 2, 2015Publisher:University of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0299298604

ISBN - 13:9780299298609


Table of Contents

List of Illustrations                



Introduction: An Art Critic's Love Affair                 

1 A Strange Childhood: 1874-1894               

2 A Singular Woman: 1895-1904                  

3 Dangerous Liaisons: 1905-1912                 

4 World in Flames: 1913-1916                      

5 Love Stories: 1916-1934                

6 Fashioning Romaine: 1934-1938                

7 More Modernisms: 1938                

8 Fallen Idols: 1939-1945                 

9 After the Fall: 1945-1970              

Conclusion: The Phoenix                   



Glossary of Names                




Editorial Reviews

“Adds new material to the life and career of Romaine Brooks, offers fresh insight into her life and art, and defies the characterizations given her by previous biographers. . . . In years to come, when Romaine Brooks is mentioned, Cassandra Langer's book will be given as the quintessential authority on the subject.”—Bookwatch