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Ruggles Street: The Life of an American Artist
Robert O. Caulfield, Craig Caulfield & Melissa L. Hayes
RS Publications
402 pages
December 2004
rated 3 of 5 possible stars

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Born into a life of poverty and abandoned at birth, Robert Caulfield drew on the sidewalks of Depression-era Roxbury at the age of six. Raised by a neglectful grandmother, the passion to express himself through art never left him. He studied for one year at the Practical School of Art in Boston, then had to quit his part-time classes due to the demands of supporting a growing family. Working full-time at a utility company and painting whenever he could grab a moment, he became one of the leading Impressionist artists in the United States.

This book features over sixty prints of Caulfield's paintings showing the progression from his early work to the stunning paintings of his later career. By his own account, he has gone from having little in the way of beauty or security in his early life to succeeding as a family man and as an artist of renown later in life. His story is engaging and inspirational for his dogged determination to never give up his work nor sacrifice his family's physical and emotional needs while pursuing his own dreams. This is a solid three stars.

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