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Hidden in the Shadow of the Master

The Model-Wives of Cezanne, Monet and Rodin

Yale University Press | ISBN 9780300126242

Hardback – 376 pages


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Cézanne, Monet, and Rodin. The names of these brilliant nineteenth-century artists are known throughout the world. But what is remembered of their wives? What roles did these women play in the lives and the art of their famous husbands? Art historian Ruth Butler coaxes three shadowy women out of obscurity and introduces them for the first time as individuals. Through unprecedented research, Butler has been able to create portraits of Hortense Fiquet, Camille Doncieux, and Rose Beuret were the models, and later the wives, of these three famous French artists. Butler illuminates the ways in which these model-wives figured in their husbands’ achievements and provides new analyses of familiar works of art.

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