American Paintings and Works on Paper in the Barnes Foundation

Overview

The Barnes Foundation is renowned for its stellar collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and Early Modern paintings. Less well known, however, is that it also houses superb examples of 20th-century American art, including important paintings and works on paper by William J. Glackens, Maurice and Charles Prendergast, Charles Demuth, Alfred H. Maurer, Ernest Lawson, Horace Pippin, Marsden Hartley, Jules Pascin, and many others.

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Overview

The Barnes Foundation is renowned for its stellar collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and Early Modern paintings. Less well known, however, is that it also houses superb examples of 20th-century American art, including important paintings and works on paper by William J. Glackens, Maurice and Charles Prendergast, Charles Demuth, Alfred H. Maurer, Ernest Lawson, Horace Pippin, Marsden Hartley, Jules Pascin, and many others.

Featuring 400 color illustrations, this extraordinary catalogue offers the long overdue opportunity to explore this exceptional collection of American art. Essays on the major artists featured in the Barnes Foundation are included, along with an essay on Dr. Barnes’s role as a collector of modern American art works and a study of the development of the Foundation’s important educational programs.

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Editorial Reviews

The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Lavishly illustrated."—Edward J. Sozanski, The Philadelphia Inquirer

— Edward J. Sozanski

The Philadelphia Inquirer - Edward J. Sozanski

"Lavishly illustrated."—Edward J. Sozanski, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Art Libraries Society of North America - William M. Perthes

". . . no scholar is better qualified to approach this project than Richard J. Wattenmaker. . . . This catalogue will be an indispensable resource for students of American art as well as those interested in issues of American art collecting, models of progressive education, methodology, and pragmatic aesthetics."—William M. Perthes, Art Libraries Society of North America
Maine Antique Digest - Lita Solis-Cohen

"Wattenmaker's experience at the Barnes is evident on every page of his illuminating book about the American paintings and works on paper collected by Dr. Albert Barnes."—Lita Solis-Cohen, Maine Antique Digest
Library Journal
Wattenmaker, formerly a student at the Barnes Foundation and a noted scholar of American painting, has produced a great catalog of an important collection long submerged among the fabulous European works in the Barnes. Wattenmaker's extended introductory essay is a meticulous, evenhanded general intellectual biography of Dr. Alfred C. Barnes (1872–1951) that draws extensively and for the first time on papers in the foundation's archives. Barnes emerges as an important and sympathetic figure. The catalog of more than 450 entries is led by groupings and essays on nine artists Barnes collected in depth (William Glackens, Alfred Maurer, the Prendergasts, and Charles Demuth, among others), followed by roughly 80 additional works by other artists. Again, the commentaries draw on unpublished documentation and are richly rewarding. VERDICT As the Barnes Foundation moves from suburban Marion into greater public prominence in downtown Philadelphia, this book will be a stellar introduction to important but little-known works of great interest. Essential for all collections on American art, this is highly recommended reading for art lovers.—Jack Perry Brown, Ryerson and Burnham Libs., Art Inst. of Chicago
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300158779
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 7/5/2010
  • Pages: 404
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard J. Wattenmaker is an independent scholar. He was the Director (1990–2005) of the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution and a former student and instructor at the Barnes Foundation. Derek Gillman is Executive Director and President of the Barnes Foundation.

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Table of Contents

Director's Foreword Derek Gillman Gillman, Derek

Preface and Acknowledgments

General Notes on Documentation

Introduction 1

Albert C. Barnes and The Barnes Foundation 11

CATALOGUE 63

William J. Glackens 65

Works 71

Alfred H. Maurer 127

Works 133

Maurice B. Prendergast 143

Works 149

Charles Prendergast 171

Works 175

Ernest Lawson 183

Works 188

Jules Pascin 195

Works 201

Marsden Hartley 247

Works 252

Charles Demuth 259

Works 268

Horace Pippin 305

Works 311

Additional Works by American Artists 318

Index 373

Photograph Credits 381

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