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A Touch of Blossom: John Singer Sargent and the Queer Flora of Fin-de-Siecle Art

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A Touch of Blossom considers John Singer Sargent in the context of nineteenth-century botany, gynecology, literature, and visual culture and argues that the artist mobilized ideas of cross-fertilization and the hermaphroditic sexuality of flowers in his work to naturalize sexual inversion. In conceiving of his painting as an act of hand-pollination, Sargent was elaborating ...more
Hardcover, 324 pages
Published October 8th 2010 by Penn State University Press (first published September 23rd 2010)
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Stephen
Dec 03, 2016 Stephen rated it it was amazing
Esoteric and scandalous, what a wonderful, eccentric and convincing reading of John Singer Sargent and his vegetal world.
Re-reading currently for my Sargent-Proust project.
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Fantastic. But I may be bias because my name appears in the acknowledgements, and I spent two years assisting professor Syme as her research assistant on this book. But I found it an enjoyable and insightful read! Plus it is filthy as all get out.
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