By Corbino, Jon; Londraville, Richard; Londraville, Janis; Corbino, Jon
A biography of 1 of America's ignored grand masters.
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Extra info for Corbino: From Rubens to Ringling
Estelle’s sister Florence documents what is known about the budding romance. She first mentions Corbino in a July 2, 1928 letter, when she places the two lovers and Elaine’s mother, Mollie Lee Leonard, at the Kelloggs’ rented summer cottage in a wooded setting at the top of a hill in Weston, Connecticut. “Jon showed me three pictures he has painted. . One pleased me because it was full of colors. Jon is rather nice. ” There is something seductive about the struggling young artist that makes him attractive despite—and perhaps because of—his lack of money.
He got barked at by a boss in an apple field; he worked long hours as a laborer in a factory; he humbled himself to an irritable employer who wanted to exploit him. He knew what it meant to be in someone else’s control, and he loathed that feeling. Always, there would be the struggle to be free of anyone who could exercise financial or emotional power over him. Apprentice 25 Corbino pushed on. Early art sales may have raised only meager sums, but he had a plan. In the beginning, he sold paintings inexpensively to get his work circulating.
Within a few years she would find herself drawn to a man who was more attentive—Jon Corbino’s friend, Frederico Lebrun. This page intentionally left blank. 4 THE RUBENS OF NEW ENGLAND Mere imitators will . . be forgotten, as imitators always are, while the artists whose work will still be green will be those who have transmuted their sources—as Franklin C. Watkins has modified the Mannerists, and Jon Corbino, Rubens—into an idiom which expresses the American thought of the first half of the twentieth century.
Corbino: From Rubens to Ringling by Corbino, Jon; Londraville, Richard; Londraville, Janis; Corbino, Jon