“Seebohm brings her remarkable reward for storytelling to the lifetime of this crucial yet underknown American artist.”—Graham Boettcher, William Cary Hulsey Curator of yankee paintings, Birmingham Museum of Art
“A attention-grabbing tale. it's also the heritage of the serious fight among figurative and summary sculpture in mid-twentieth-century paintings, a fight that also maintains to this day.”—Edwina Sandys, artist and winner of the United countries Society of Writers and Artists Award for Excellence
“Brings jointly all of the detailed chapters of Ann Norton’s existence. Seebohm isn't really afraid to percentage with the reader Norton’s disappointments, successes, and her ultimate legacy.”—Cynthia Palmieri, govt director, Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, Inc.
For over twenty-five years, humans have traveled from world wide to go to the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens in West Palm seashore, Florida. the following they could discover mysterious, magical, large-scale works made from brick and granite situated through the lush, local panorama. those gardens supply an extraordinary chance to interact a sculptor’s whole imaginative and prescient, to adventure the paintings in its real and meant setting.
Ann Norton (1905–1982) was once born in Selma, Alabama, to a exceptional land-owning kin. in contrast to such a lot of her contemporaries, she dreamed of being an artist and moved to big apple within the early Thirties to study. Deeply attracted to exploring the intersection of summary artwork and realism, she studied with John Hovannes and Jose de Creeft and was once in short studio assistant to Alexander Archipenko. Her personal items have been good obtained, and by means of age 35, her paintings had already been proven at MOMA, the Whitney, and in different exhibitions.
Even so, she struggled to earn sufficient funds to outlive as a sculptor and moved to Florida in 1943 to absorb a place as instructor on the Norton Gallery and faculty of paintings, based by means of retired Acme metal president, Ralph Hubbard Norton. over the years, the 2 equipped a dating in response to universal aesthetic values, one who ultimately grew into companionship, partnership, and love. After his dying, Ann Norton erected her most interesting and lasting paintings at the estate he left in the back of, his beneficiant legacy to her. this present day, her monolithic sculptures—in the spirit of Stonehenge, Henry Moore, and Buddhist temple art—are recognized all over the world. Norton as soon as indicated that the large monuments now status within the Sculpture Gardens had existed truly in her brain given that she was once a tender woman, yet with no space, domestic, or cash to gain her imaginative and prescient, they might by no means have materialized.
In this first-ever biography of a big twentieth-century artist, Caroline Seebohm tells the inspiring tale of ways Norton—a baby of the South who eschewed her roots for the cosmopolitan international of recent York urban and beyond—paved her personal technique to turn into an artist and sculptor whose paintings encapsulates and transcends the modernist movement.