The Rare and the Beautiful: The Art, Loves, and Lives of the Garman Sisters

The Rare and the Beautiful The Art Loves and Lives of the Garman Sisters The garman sisters who were born in England s Midlands and whose scandalous lives placed them at the center of European cultural activity in the middle of the twentieth century were famous for their

  • Title: The Rare and the Beautiful: The Art, Loves, and Lives of the Garman Sisters
  • Author: Cressida Connolly
  • ISBN: 9780066212470
  • Page: 364
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The garman sisters, who were born in England s Midlands and whose scandalous lives placed them at the center of European cultural activity in the middle of the twentieth century, were famous for their passion for the arts, defiance of convention, and the power to turn heads and break hearts Their exquisite taste, colorful personalities, and unleashed pursuit of romance eaThe garman sisters, who were born in England s Midlands and whose scandalous lives placed them at the center of European cultural activity in the middle of the twentieth century, were famous for their passion for the arts, defiance of convention, and the power to turn heads and break hearts Their exquisite taste, colorful personalities, and unleashed pursuit of romance earned them a unique place in London s legendary bohemia, inspiring a generation of artists and writers.Kathleen, an enigmatic artist s model and aspiring pianist, was the lover of the controversial American born sculptor Jacob Epstein, who immortalized her in seven sensual portraits, fathered her three children, and became, at the end of his life, her husband Kathleen s sister Mary married the maverick poet Roy Campbell, whose verse attack on the Bloomsbury group following Mary s affair with Vita Sackville West caused a literary scandal Mary and Roy, enad by Mediterranean culture and lifestyle, lived in Spain, Portugal, and the south of France during the continent s turbulent decades, where inspiration and destruction came to them in equal measure Lorna, the youngest and most radiant of the sisters, became the lover of the young poet Laurie Lee and the painter Lucian Freud, each of whom later married one of her nieces.The Garman sisters became involved in the radical literary and political circles of Europe between the two world wars Their lifestyle was outside the prevailing s bisexuality, unfaithfulness, and illegitimate children were a matter of course Headstrong and flamboyant, they sidelined their own talent for writing, painting, and music, their friendships, material comforts even their own children in the cause of art and beauty.In fourteen short chapters, The Rare and the Beautiful inspired by the exquisite Garman Ryan art collection, bequeathed by Kathleen Garman and including works by Bonnard, Constable, Picasso, Degas, Pissarro, Braque, Modigliani, and van Gogh evokes the extraordinary milieu of scandal, high drama, and high culture that defined twentieth century bohemia An unorthodox biography of women who broke the rules with inimitable style, it is also a thoughtful meditation on the power of the muse, the glamour of art, and the personal sacrifice it exacts.

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    1. 3.5The 7 Garman sisters might not have names that all begin with a K but certainly if they had been born 100 years later they'd have been all over the Celebrity Press. Strikingly beautiful and with a wild, unconventional streak, they mixed with all the artistic movers and shakers of the 1920's and 30's. This book explores the lives of just 3 of them (Mary, Kathleen and Lorna), but in many ways each in their turn deserves a book to themselves so it often felt a bit rushed.During a period when the [...]

    2. Biography of (mostly) Kathleen, Mary, and Lorna Garman, who were born around the turn of the century and ran around with artists and writers in England and France. Mary married poet Roy Campbell (but had affairs with other people including Vita Sackville-West); Kathleen was the lover of sculptor Jacob Epstein for 30 years and they had three children before his wife died and they married; and Lorna married a wealthy publisher when she was 16, and also had many lovers including poet Laurie Lee and [...]

    3. It's a very interesting book, but I do find myself wondering how anyone can have the time or the energy to sleep with so many peopleAnd indeed, why anyone would marry someone who had had an affair with their aunt

    4. Had never heard of this interesting family. So happy women now make their own light! London scene in the 1920s.

    5. The Rare and the Beautiful is a historical novel that follows three of the Garman sisters from the 1910’s to the 1960’s. The book follows Kathleen, Mary, and Lorna through bohemian London and recounts their loves and lives. It starts with the Garman sister’s parents and how they fell in love and had nine children. It continues to show the childhood of the sisters and how they became who they were. Once it reaches the girl’s late teens then it starts to get more detailed about their lives [...]

    6. There were nine Garman children - seven girls and two boys - all beautiful, wild and talented. To be fair, this book mostly looks at the lives of just four of the girls (Mary, Sylvia, Kathleen and Lorna) and one of the boys (Douglas), as they seem to be the most interesting. Living mostly in and around London, but also South Africa, Italy and France, the list of their friends and lovers is like a roll-call of literary and artistic circles in the first half of the twentieth century - Lucien Freud [...]

    7. Compared to the Mitford sisters, the Garmans were really dull. Besides encountering famous people, those sisters (and brothers) did not contribute much to the world. Those siblings were no writers, not married to any Nazi follower or warriors, just persons happening to meet interesting people and leading amoral lives (mostly).As for the quality of the book, except that sometimes it was somehow difficult to follow who the writer is talking about by using inadequately the pronouns, either the rese [...]

    8. Yes, I can see that these were fascinating people who had significant impact on the artistic and literary etc circles in which they moved, but I found something vaguely unsatisfactory about this account (quite aside from a number of contextual detail errors). My takeaway impression is that taken as a group (which contemporaries seemed to do, it's just a bit icky the way some people just shifted their attentions from one sister to someone else within the kinship network) they were fascinating, bu [...]

    9. What worryingly fascinating people. Moving in the circles of politics and art, this family were an unashamedly debaucherous, yet unselfconscious bunch.For anyone interested in finding out more about the Garman family, the "Garman Ryan Collection" at the Walsall Art Gallery has much of the art work on display and many gems hidden in the archives.

    10. I really enjoyed this, it transported me back to the days when Bloomsbury reigned, but the cooler girls were the Garmans (always watch the quiet ones!)

    11. Fascinating look at the lives of six sisters, several of whom had connections to the Bloomsbury group in London.

    12. Fascinating family and such beautiful women - if only there were more pictures available! Really interesting read but some shocking parenting

    13. I was just telling someone about this book which I have and realised I'd not added it to my catalogue. It is fascinating and I bought it as one of the sisters was local to me where I used to live.

    14. Very interesting biography, I came across it at the library and had never heard of the Garmans before but what fascinating lives they led!

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