A young painter's Faustian road to fame, thanks to the generosity of one of America's art patrons. The artist is Isaac Hooker and his benefactor is Dolly Geblers, heiress to a pharmaceutical fortune who believes art can right the world. Matters start deteriorating when her generosity leads to sex and Hooker begins to wonder if he hasn't sold his soul. A look at the New York art world. By the author of Isaac and His Devils.