Corcoran Gallery of Art: American Paintings to 1945

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This authoritative catalogue of the Corcoran Gallery of Art's renowned collection of pre-1945 American paintings will greatly enhance scholarly and public understanding of one of the finest and most important collections of historic American art in the world. Composed of more than 600 objects dating from 1740 to 1945.

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Overview

This authoritative catalogue of the Corcoran Gallery of Art's renowned collection of pre-1945 American paintings will greatly enhance scholarly and public understanding of one of the finest and most important collections of historic American art in the world. Composed of more than 600 objects dating from 1740 to 1945.

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As Corcoran Director Fred Bollerer notes in his foreword, this volume is the first "in nearly half a century to extensively research, document, and interpret" a vital collection of American art "comprising more than five hundred objects dating from 1718 to 1945." Sarah Cash's opening essay provides an illuminating biography on William Wilson Corcoran and his vision to "encourage American genius" that essentially put Washington DC on the artistic map. Cash also outlines the growth of the Corcoran in terms of acquisitions, biennial expositions, and expansion, including the opening of the Corcoran School of Art in 1890. This essay is followed by in-depth examinations of 102 paintings judged by the editor to be the most important in the collection. These descriptions generally include a bit about the artist and their place in the history of American art, how he/she came to create that particular painting, and how the Corcoran managed to acquire it. Some of the most treasured pieces include Frederic Edwin Church's Niagara, Mary Cassatt's Young Girl at a Window, and Winslow Homer's A Light on the Sea. The collection also features a few abstract pieces like Aaron Douglas's remarkable Into Bondage. Quality reproductions of the paintings range in size from two-page spreads to quarter-page images surrounded by text; occasionally the frame is included (and welcomed). This is a truly beautiful book that will excite fans of American art.
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William Wilson Corcoran gave his private collection of paintings to the American people, beginning a grand tradition of cultural philanthropy that continues to this day. In this publication, one can follow the development of the Washington, DC-based collection as well as the policies set by its founder. The collection contains many of the major icons of American painting: Samuel Finley Breese Morse, Rembrandt Peale, John Singer Sargent, and Thomas Cole and other Hudson River School painters. The developing face of the nation in geography, society, and art, as well as the developing fields of private patronage and institutional acquisitions, are limned in this superb resource. Reproduced here are some of the choicest morsels in this collection's visual feast, and the accompanying essays by a wide range of scholars offer a vision of the "American genius" encouraged and admired by Corcoran. An accompanying website offers extended information about the works illustrated, including exhibition histories, related works, and even frame information. VERDICT Elegant and scholarly, this work is a fine addition to the tradition of major collection catalogs and an excellent resource for the study of American art as well as American art patronage.—Paula Frosch, Metropolitan Museum of Art Lib., New York
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  • ISBN-13: 9781555953614
  • Publisher: Hudson Hills Press
  • Publication date: 4/16/2011
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 12.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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