The Erratic Magpie

"The Noble Buyer": John Quinn, Patron of the Avant-Garde

by Judith Zilczer
John Quinn—sixty years ago the name was widely known and commanded attention and respect in New York, Dublin, London, and Paris. Quinn was a successful lawyer, a patron of the arts who befriended the Yeats family and gave help to Pound, Eliot, and Joyce; and he became an avid collector …

How John Got On

Augustus John: A Biography

by Michael Holroyd
Time was—before 1914—when Augustus John was regarded as an exceptionally brilliant young painter by England’s leading critics and connoisseurs. No one was thought to show as much “promise” as an artist, his potentialities were said to be infinite, and it was widely proclaimed that John was a painter who, by …

Haul Casts Pall on Mall

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

edited by Abram Lerner
Culturally, Washington has been until quite recently one of the most underprivileged of the world’s major capital cities. But during the last ten years, and especially since the opening of the Kennedy Center, Washington’s cultural amenities have increased in volume with a rush. Nor has the art life of Washington, …

On the Make in Paris and London

Whistler: A Biography

by Stanley Weintraub

Victorian Outsider: A Biography of J.A.M. Whistler

by Roy McMullen
Since Joseph and Elizabeth Pennell published their Life of Whistler in 1908—with revised editions appearing until 1920—followed by The Whistler Journal in 1921, no alternative biography of any consequence, drawing on all of this basic material with the addition of much that has become available from different sources subsequently, has …

Drawn from Life

Daumier: Man of His Time

by Oliver W. Larkin


by Robert Rey
Daumier poses enormous problems for the critic and historian alike. He was very highly praised in his own day, and greatly esteemed by such opposites as Delacroix and Corot. We know almost nothing about the man or his life. His work appeals to and touches us today more by what …

Portrait of A Genius But

Alberto Giacometti

by Peter Selz

A Giacometti Portrait

by James Lord
Until 1961-62, when he was awarded two well-known sculpture prizes, first that of the Carnegie International in Pittsburgh, then that of the Venice Biennale, Giacometti was considered an artist of good repute rather than of eminence. He had as champions a restricted but vocal coterie who admired and bought his …