From the Private Collections of Texas: European Art, Ancient to Modern

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The Lone Star State is home to a dazzling array of world-class artworks, many in private collections and rarely exhibited. Reflecting the Kimbell Art Museum’s own collecting strengths, this book focuses on the art of Europe and the ancient Mediterranean from about 700 B.C. to around 1950. Over 40 prominent collections are featured along with works that have been given to museums in Texas or have left the state through gift or sale. Among the artists included are Thomas Gainsborough, Paul Gauguin, Guercino, ...

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Overview

The Lone Star State is home to a dazzling array of world-class artworks, many in private collections and rarely exhibited. Reflecting the Kimbell Art Museum’s own collecting strengths, this book focuses on the art of Europe and the ancient Mediterranean from about 700 B.C. to around 1950. Over 40 prominent collections are featured along with works that have been given to museums in Texas or have left the state through gift or sale. Among the artists included are Thomas Gainsborough, Paul Gauguin, Guercino, Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Vincent van Gogh. The distinguished scholar Richard R. Brettell contributes a comprehensive essay on the importance of private collecting in Texas.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
What sets this exhibition catalog apart from others is its emphasis on the individual art collectors who built up the 40 impressive collections from which the 111 art objects in the exhibit derive. Some of the art has already been donated to museums in philanthropic gestures; other pieces are still in private hands and were loaned just for this exhibit at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, TX. Brettell (art and aesthetics, Univ. of Texas, Dallas) wrote a substantial chapter, "From Boulevards to Ranch Roads," about private collecting in Texas from 1900 to the present. That sets the stage for the extensive catalog itself, in which Dickerson (associate curator at the Kimbell) and 14 other museum professionals and art historians contributed scholarly entries. Hundreds of color photographs beautifully illustrate paintings and sculpture dating from the ancient world of Egypt, Greece, and Rome through the European medieval, Renaissance, baroque, rococo, and modern periods. While the paintings depict many subjects, some of the portraits are particularly mesmerizing (e.g., a stunning self-portrait by Elisabeth Vigée-LeBrun, formerly in the collection of Kay and Velma Kimbell). VERDICT An unusual, and fun, aspect of this book is seeing photographs of some of the catalog pieces as they lived, or are still living, "at home" in the elegant rooms of their loving owners.—Anne Marie Lane, Univ. of Wyoming, Laramie
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300144949
  • Publisher: Kimbell Art Museum
  • Publication date: 2/9/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 12.30 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard R. Brettell is the Margaret McDermott Distinguished Chair of Art and Aesthetics at the University of Texas, Dallas. C. D. Dickerson III is associate curator of European art at the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth.

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Table of Contents

Director's Foreword Eric M. Lee Lee, Eric M.

Acknowledgements Richard R. Brettell Brettell, Richard R. C. D. Dickerson III Dickerson, C. D., III

Lenders to the Exhibition

From Boulevards to Ranch Roads: The Private Collections of European Art in Texas, 1900 to the Present Richard R. Brettell Brettell, Richard R.

Catalogue

Bibliography

Index

Photograph Credits

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