Saturday, December 12, 2020

Barbra Streisand Is, as Ever, Firmly in Control

By James B. Stewart; Photographs by Collier Schorr; Styled by Mel Ottenberg
Barbra Streisand, photographed at her home in Malibu, Calif., on Oct. 8, 2020. Streisand wears her own clothing and accessories.Credit...Photograph by Collier Schorr. Styled by Mel Ottenberg
Collecting is one of Streisand’s passions. On the walls of her sprawling Malibu home are early 19th-century American folk-art portraits, including several by the master of the genre, Ammi Phillips, a New England artist known for his spare, enigmatic, almost Modernist images. Streisand has been buying them since the late 1980s and is especially drawn to paintings of a mother with her child. She also owns two of George Washington, one done by Charles Peale Polk in 1795 while Washington was still alive, which Streisand has promised to Mount Vernon, the Virginia museum that was once the president’s home. (The other is by Gilbert Stuart.) We could be in Newport, R.I., or Colonial Williamsburg, except that Streisand’s husband of 22 years, the actor James Brolin, a fit-looking 80, is working beside the large pool just outside the living room windows, with the Pacific Ocean his backdrop. [More]