|Winding Stream by William Forsyth.|
A - Artists (musicians, painters, photographers, writers, etc.)
R - Reading (books, poems, etc.)
T - Theater (movies, musicals, plays, etc.)
So let's begin...
A: William J. Forsyth (U.S.A.)
William Forsyth was an American Impressionist known to belong to the Hoosier Group of Indiana artists. His daughter and fellow painter, Constance Forsyth, summed up his career:
"Perhaps his most outstanding characteristic was his independence. He painted what he wanted to paint and in the way he wanted to paint it. He preferred to work in his own way, regardless of what other artists were exploiting in the way of styles and fads. He was never the kind of artist that followed theories or intellectual ideas about what or how to paint. He very early, before studying abroad, developed his own brush technique which varied very little over the years. Even though the general look of his work changed over periods of time, that same technique was still there." (Constance Forsyth to Gary Lynn, March 4, 1975. Quoted by Martin Krause in The Passage, (Indianapolis Museum of Art, 1991), 228.)R: The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy (1906-1921)
Among the Lilies.
John Galsworthy received a Nobel Peace Prize for The Forsyte Saga, a series of books focusing on the Forsyte family. The main character Soames Forsyte sees himself as a "Man of Property". I personally find his character to be on par with Leo Tolstoy's often misunderstood Alexei Alexandrovich Karenin in that on a close reading both men are actually deserving of respect and a second look.
T: That Forsyth Woman (1949) and Forsyte Saga (2002)
There are two amazing adaptations worth checking out, each with their strengths and weaknesses. Greer Garson, my all-time favorite actor, stars in the 1949 adaptation and is my favorite Irene. She is surrounded by Errol Flynn, Walter Pidgeon, Robert Young and a young Janet Leigh -- four timeless actors.
|Greer Garson & Errol Flynn.|
The 2002 mini-series was a snooze fest for me, personally, save but for the brilliant and sympathetic performance of Damian Lewis as Soames. Gina McKee on the other hand I thought was an ice queen as Irene.