John Haberle: American Master of Illusion

Overview

Of the three great nineteenth-century American trompe l’oeil artists—William Michael Harnett (1848–1892), John Frederick Peto (1854–1907), and John Haberle (1856–1933)—the least well known is Haberle. Haberle approached painting with an informed and sophisticated connoisseurship. A highly original artist, he often alluded to complicated, ingenious, and entertaining aspects of contemporary society. The rarity of his work only adds to its allure. This catalogue, the seminal study of Haberle’s life and work, ...

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Overview

Of the three great nineteenth-century American trompe l’oeil artists—William Michael Harnett (1848–1892), John Frederick Peto (1854–1907), and John Haberle (1856–1933)—the least well known is Haberle. Haberle approached painting with an informed and sophisticated connoisseurship. A highly original artist, he often alluded to complicated, ingenious, and entertaining aspects of contemporary society. The rarity of his work only adds to its allure. This catalogue, the seminal study of Haberle’s life and work, illuminates the artist and his witty works of art that continue to enthrall viewers today.

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"[A] splendid volume that fills a gap, bringing attention to the innovative, skilled John Haberle (1856-1933), who has been relatively overlooked." —Maine Antique Digest
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780972449717
  • Publisher: New Britain Museum of American Art
  • Publication date: 1/12/2010
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

GERTRUDE GRACE SILL, a graduate of Smith College and Wesleyan University, is an art historian, curator, and professor. She has lectured and published on Haberle for over forty years.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Foreword
Prologue: Haberle's Recollections to His Daughter Vera in 1925 and His Ten Commandments
The Early Years
Fame and National Attention
History Paintings
A Remarkable Variety
Boston Triumph: New Directions
Japonisme
The Curtain Falls
Postscript
Notes

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