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