Americans have long had a taste for the art and culture of Holland’s Golden Age. As a result, the United States can boast extraordinary holdings of Dutch paintings. Celebrated masters such as Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer, and Frans Hals are exceptionally well represented, but many fine paintings by their contemporaries can be found as well. In this groundbreaking volume, fourteen noted American and Dutch scholars examine the allure of seventeenth-century Dutch painting to Americans over the past centuries. The authors of Holland’s Golden Age in America explain in lively detail why and how American collectors as well as museums turned to the Dutch masters to enrich their collections. They examine the role played by Dutch settlers in colonial America and their descendants, the evolution of American appreciation of the Dutch school, the circumstances that led to the Dutch school swiftly becoming one of the most coveted national schools of painting, and, finally, the market for Dutch pictures today.Richly illustrated, this volume is an invaluable contribution to the scholarship on the collecting history of Dutch art in America, and it is certain to inspire further research.
In addition to the editor, the contributors are Ronni Baer, Quentin Buvelot, Lloyd DeWitt, Peter Hecht, Lance Humphries, Walter Liedtke, Louisa Wood Ruby, Catherine B. Scallen, Annette Stott, Peter C. Sutton, Dennis P. Weller, Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr., and Anne T. Woollett.
|Publisher:||Penn State University Press|
|Series:||The Frick Collection Studies in the History of Art Collecting in America Series , #1|
|Product dimensions:||8.30(w) x 10.20(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Esmée Quodbach is Assistant Director of the Center for the History of Collecting at The Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library in New York.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Introduction: A Taste for Dutch Art
Peter C. Sutton
The Early Years: The Formation of America’s Taste for Dutch Art
1 “Pictures chiefly painted in oils, on boards”: Dutch Paintings in Colonial New York
Louisa Wood Ruby
2 Robert Gilmor, Jr.’s “Real” Dutch Paintings
3 Collecting Old Dutch Masters: Originals, Interpretations, Copies, and Reproductions
4 Wilhelm von Bode and Collecting in America
Catherine B. Scallen
The Gilded Age: Great Collections and Collectors of Seventeenth-Century Dutch Art
5 Golden Age Paintings in the Gilded Age: New York Collectors and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1870–1920
6 “They leave us as they find us, they never elevate”: John G. Johnson and the Dutch Masters
7 Collecting Vermeer, 1887–1919
8 Collecting Dutch Paintings in Boston
9 The Dutch Painting Collection at the National Gallery of Art
Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr.
The Twentieth Century: The Dissemination of Dutch Art Across America and the Dutch Reaction
10 The Passionate Eye of W. R. Valentiner: Shaping the Canon of Dutch Painting in America
Dennis P. Weller
11 Unexpected Rivals for the Dutch: Competing with the Americans for Holland’s National Heritage in Great Britain and Elsewhere
12 Golden Opportunities: Collecting Rembrandt in Southern California
Anne T. Woollett
13 Has the Great Age of Collecting Dutch Old Master Paintings Come to an End?
List of Contributors