Splendid Legacy: The Havemeyer Collection

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The fabulous Havemeyer Collection of Manhattan's Metropolitan Museum of Art is sampled in this exhibition catalog. Coupling 800 plates (176 in color) with informative essays by a team of 27 scholars led by exhibition co-curators Frelinghuysen and Tinterow, the album includes works by Rembrandt, El Greco, Veronese, Cranach, Bronzino, Daumier and Courbet, plus impressionist masterpieces by Corot, Manet, Monet, Cezanne, Renoir, Degas and Mary Cassatt. That Louisine Havemeyer (1855-1929), husband Henry (1847-1907) and their family possessed broad taste in Asian arts is evident in objects ranging from Japanese woodblock prints to a Korean hanging scroll. Their eclectic passion for the decorative arts is also on display in Egyptian sculpture, Islamic painting and pottery, Venetian glass, Italian majolica and Tiffany glass and flatware. (Sept.)
Issued in conjunction with the exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art of over 450 works of art from the legendary Havemeyer collection, formed at the turn of the century by pioneering American patrons of art Henry O. and Louisine Havemeyer, this lavishly illustrated catalogue combines 800 illustration (176 in color) with the collaborative efforts of 27 authors who examine the various aspects of the collection in summarizing essays and in entries on individual works. In addition, one essay is devoted to the Manhattan residence designed for the Havemeyers by Tiffany and Colman. An exhaustive 90-page chronology offers a perspective on the formation of the collection, outlining the roles of friend and advisor Mary Cassatt and a succession of dealers, and focusing on the history of the family and its business interests. 9.25x12.25" Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810964266
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/1993
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 9.56 (w) x 12.45 (h) x 1.47 (d)

Table of Contents

Director's Foreword
Lenders to the Exhibition
Note to the Reader
The Havemeyer Pictures 3
Van der Goes, Portrait of a Man 54
Cranach, Portrait of a Man with a Rosary 54
Veronese, Boy with a Greyhound 55
Bronzino, Portrait of a Young Man 56
A Portrait and a Landscape by El Greco of Toledo 58
The Havemeyer Rembrandts 62
Rembrandt, A Cottage Among Trees 66
Rembrandt, Portrait of Thomas Jacobsz. Haaringh 68
Rembrandt, Christ with the Sick Around Him, Receiving Little Children 68
Rembrandt, Landscape with Three Gabled Cottages Beside a Road 68
The Havemeyers and Antoine-Louis Barye 70
Daumier, The Connoisseur 74
Daumier, A Man Reading in a Garden 75
Chase, Azaleas (Vase of Flowers) 76
The Havemeyers and the Degas Bronzes 77
Degas, A Girl Putting on Her Stocking 81
Degas, Actresses in Their Dressing Rooms 82
Cassatt, Helene of Septeuil 83
Four Pastels of Havemeyer Women: Louisine, Electra, Adaline 84
The Suffrage Exhibition of 1915 89
The Forgotten Legacy: The Havemeyers' Collection of Decorative Arts 99
Face of a Pharaoh 114
Statuette of Khnumhotep 114
Roman Glass and Lead-Glazed Pottery 117
Helmet 118
Carved Ceramics from the Arab World 119
Luster-Painted Pottery 120
Carpet with a Compartment Design 122
Favrile Glass 123
The Other Havemeyer Passion: Collecting Asian Art 129
Japanese and Chinese Tea Ceramics 151
Utamaro, A Mother Bathing Her Son 154
Japanese Swords and Sword Fittings 155
The Life of Prince Shotoku 157
The Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha (Chijang Posal) 158
Spring, A Japanese Screen 160
Japanese Lacquers 162
Dragons and Landscape 164
Incense Box 165
Ritual Wine Vessel (Hu) 166
A Group of Incense Burners 168
Covered Ewer 169
The Havemeyer House 173
Chronology 201
Appendix 291
Selected Bibliography 385
Key to Exhibition Abbreviations 391
Contributors to the Catalogue 396
Index and Photograph Credits 397
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