Sisters in Art

Sisters in Art

The Biography of Margaret, Esther, and Helen Bruton

Wendy Van Wyck Good


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  • Debut author has ongoing passion for women’s history is respected librarian, archivist and curator for national exhibits, speaker, and has done a number of Civil Rights presentations.
  • Fits into the current trend of rediscovering forgotten women’s history; like so many women of their time, the Brutons accomplished remarkable things, but have not been remembered or recognized for their achievements.
  • Synopsis: Critically acclaimed California artists Margaret, Esther, and Helen Bruton were famous in the 1920s and 30s and widely praised for their innovative talent. Frequently described as geniuses, the sisters were largely forgotten by the end of the 20th century. Sisters in Art brings to light the fascinating lives and remarkable achievements of these groundbreaking women artists.
  • Luxe packaged art book will appeal to art, history, California and women’s history enthusiasts.
  • From the author: "I first became interested in the Bruton sisters when I saw photographs of the modernist terrazzo tables they created for the interior designer Frances Elkins in the 1940s. Even by today’s standards, their work is fresh, exciting, and bold, and they seemed uniquely ahead of their time. Who were these artists? How did they develop their unusual style and technique? What was their connection to my home, the Monterey Peninsula?
    As a librarian and archivist, I started digging, and I began to get a sense of the breadth and length of their remarkable careers. All three sisters had been famous and critically acclaimed artists of their time. Why didn’t anyone know about them today? It seemed as if their lives were yet another forgotten chapter in women’s history, but I was convinced that the Bruton sisters deserved to be remembered. I am not an art historian -- nor had I ever written a book before -- but I felt compelled to share their fascinating story."


Wendy Van Wyck Good:
Wendy Van Wyck Good is a writer, reference librarian and archivist, local historian, and the foremost Bruton scholar in the nation. She is also the voice behind the blog dedicated to the Bruton sisters, Wendy is passionate about women’s studies and art history, especially to share stories about the fascinating women history has forgotten. She currently lives in Pebble Beach, California.