Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thursday's Three on Art

Today, Thursday's Three presents a trio of recently published or forthcoming art titles.

Gustave Caillebotte: Painting the Paris of Naturalism, 1872-1887 (Getty Publications, 2017) ~ Michael Marrinan, professor emeritus at Stanford University, offers an in-depth study of both the life and artistic development of French painter Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894) in the context of 19th Century urban life in upper-class Paris. In addition to establishing connections between the artist's painting and literature, commerce, and technology, Marrinan explores how upper-class cultural life in Paris influenced and shaped the painter and his work. The 416-page book includes 116 color and 78 black-and-white illustrations.

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East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography (Yale University Press/National Gallery of Art, March 21, 2017) ~ This 288-page book with 222 color and black-and-white images, focuses exclusively on "eastern photographs that helped shape America's national identity" and documents the effects on the landscape of industrialization, war, and tourism. More than 180 images from 1839  to 1900 — from daguerreotypes, salted paper prints, tintypes, cyanotypes, and albumen prints to stereo cards and photograph albums — are featured. Also examined are connections to other media, such as the paintings of Albert Bierstadt and the photographs of the Moran brothers. The authors are Diane Waggoner of the National Gallery of Art, Russell Lord of New Orleans Museum of Art, and Jennifer Raab of Yale University.

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The publication accompanies an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art (on view through July 16) that will travel to the New Orleans Museum of Art (October 5, 2017 - January 7, 2018).

Read "National Gallery of Art Features Earliest Photographs of Eastern American Landscapes" at Fine Books & Collections blog (January 6, 2017).

Collecting the World: Hans Sloane and the Origins of the British Museum (Belknap Press/Harvard University Press, July 2017) ~ James Delbourgo's Collecting the World is the first biography of Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753) to be based on the full range of the wealthy society physician's writings and collections, which became the foundation of the British Museum, the world's first free national museum. (Sloane left his entire collection to King George II for the nation; his gift was accepted on June 7, 1753, with royal assent establishing the British Museum.) Delbourgo is an associate professor of history at Rutgers University.

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