Splendid Legacy: The Havemeyer Collection

Splendid Legacy: The Havemeyer Collection

by Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen

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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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