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• A page-turner about growing up and facing hidden fears

• Sargent, an American painter, is a favorite in schools

• Featured painting is located in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston—great field trip tie-in!

Everyone who looks at The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit, the grand-scale painting by John Singer Sargent that hangs in Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, is drawn into its m
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Watson-Guptill
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Aug 20, 2012 Miriam rated it liked it
Shelves: victorian, art
I'm not sure why the cover and synopsis seem to imply that this book is aimed at kids and possibly even educational. Nothing about the text (other than shortness, I guess) struck me as either. It's odd and rather draft-like little novel about artist John Singer Sargent being drawn into the psychological and possibly supernatural problems of the Boit family he is hired to paint. I think I would have preferred Rees to make up his own entirely original characters rather than trying to write a ficti ...more
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THE JANUS GATE is a very different type of story. Part of the ART ENCOUNTERS series published by Watson-Guptill, it is at times a biographical sketch, a historical treatise, and a Victorian gothic story of the supernatural. THE JANUS GATE is a fictionalized account based on artist John Singer Sargent and, most specifically, his painting entitled The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit.

In 1882, Sargent painted the Boit daughters - Florence, Jane, Mary, and Julia -
Oct 29, 2015 Margaret rated it really liked it
It was good. It was nearly very good.
The book’s one true fault was that it moved too quickly. The story could have stood being a 400-page novel, but is squeezed into less than 200 pages. Rees’s writing is tenable and vibrant, but I do wish there was a bit more of it. Quite a bit more.
Oct 05, 2010 Jodi rated it did not like it
This was too Gothic for my taste. Rees obviously exercised the connection between Henry James and John Singer Sargent with this tale of spirits and madness. It was sad to learn (had to do some research on them) that the little girls who were the subject of the painting this book is based on had issues. The two eldest became mad in later life and the two youngest had emotional problems. The author was implying in the narrative of the story that Sargent must have sensed these things as the positio ...more
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Jan 26, 2013 Triecia Gibney rated it really liked it
A fictional account of Sargent's painting of the Boit girls. A gothic psychological drama, a little far fetched at times in a Chucky meet Sargent kind of way but if you enjoy reading between the lines you should find it an intriguing read. It certainly left me hungry for more of a factual account of this mysterious painting - thus I am currently reading Hirshler's "Sargent's Daughters: The Biography of a Painting"
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I was born on October 19th, 1947 in the hospital at March Air Force Base just outside Riverside, California. My father, Norman, was a career sergeant who'd served as an aircraft mechanic and infantryman in the Philippines campaign early in the war and was taken prisoner on Bataan. My mother, Agnes, was a nurse at the hospital where he was sent to recuperate after the war was over.

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