The Women Who Inspired London Art

The Avico Sisters and Other Models of the Early 20th Century

Lucy M Peterson

This is the story of women caught up in the tumultuous art scene of the early twentieth century, some famous and others lost to time.

By 1910 the patina of the belle époque was wearing thin in London. Artists were on the hunt for modern women who could hold them in thrall.
Date Published :
December 2018
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
40 plus black and white illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781526725257
Pages : 192
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
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Overview
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This is the story of women caught up in the tumultuous art scene of the early twentieth century, some famous and others lost to time.

By 1910 the patina of the belle époque was wearing thin in London. Artists were on the hunt for modern women who could hold them in thrall. A chance encounter on the street could turn an artless child into an artist’s model, and a model into a muse. Most were accidental beauties, plucked from obscurity to pose in the great art schools and studios. Many returned home to lives that were desperately challenging — almost all were anonymous.

Meet them now. Sit with them in the Café Royal amid the wives and mistresses of London’s most provocative artists. Peek behind the brushstrokes and chisel cuts at women whose identities are some of art history’s most enduring secrets. Drawing on a rich mélange of historical and anecdotal records and a primary source, this is storytelling that sweeps up the reader in the cultural tides that raced across London in the Edwardian, Great War and interwar periods.

A highlight of the book is a reveal of the Avico siblings, a family of models whose faces can be found in paint and bronze and stone today. Their lives and contributions have been cloaked in a century of silence. Now, illuminated by family photos and oral histories from the daughter of one of the models, the Avico story is finally told.

About The Author
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Lucy Merello Peterson Is A Freelance writer And Ghostwriter Whose Words Have given Voice To Companies Around The Globe. a Trained Artist Who Happily Loses Herself In the Past, She Has Followed The Whispers Into early 20th Century London Where Women forged Some Of History’s Most Intriguing relationships With The Arts. Peterson Is An avid Traveller And Collector Who Indulges her Love Of Language By Finding New Spaces to Explore. She Divides Her Time Between america And England.

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