Synopses & Reviews
The Barnes Foundation is renowned for its stellar collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and Early Modern paintings. Less well known, however, is that it also houses superb examples of 20th-century American art, including important paintings and works on paper by William J. Glackens, Maurice and Charles Prendergast, Charles Demuth, Alfred H. Maurer, Ernest Lawson, Horace Pippin, Marsden Hartley, Jules Pascin, and many others.
Featuring 400 color illustrations, this extraordinary catalogue offers the long overdue opportunity to explore this exceptional collection of American art. Essays on the major artists featured in the Barnes Foundation are included, along with an essay on Dr. Barnesand#8217;s role as a collector of modern American art works and a study of the development of the Foundationand#8217;s important educational programs.
"A great catalog of an important collection. . . . This book will be a stellar introduction to important but little-known works of great interest. Essential for all collections on American art, this is a highly recommended reading for art lovers."and#8212;Jack Perry Brown, Library Journal
"Lavishly illustrated."and#8212;Edward J. Sozanski, The Philadelphia Inquirer
". . . no scholar is better qualified to approach this project than Richard J. Wattenmaker. . . . This catalogue will be an indispensable resource for students of American art as well as those interested in issues of American art collecting, models of progressive education, methodology, and pragmatic aesthetics."and#8212;William M. Perthes, Art Libraries Society of North America
"Wattenmaker's experience at the Barnes is evident on every page of his illuminating book about the American paintings and works on paper collected by Dr. Albert Barnes."and#8212;Lita Solis-Cohen, Maine Antique Digest
About the Author
Richard J. Wattenmaker is an independent scholar. He was the Director (1990and#150;2005) of the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution and a former student and instructor at the Barnes Foundation. Derek Gillman is Executive Director and President of the Barnes Foundation.