By Colta Ives, Elizabeth E. Barker
This ebook provides 100 and fifteen drawings and work from the holdings of Karen B. Cohen, a famous manhattan collector. those French and English nineteenth-century works contain landscapes, photographs, determine compositions, and nonetheless lifes by way of nice artists of the Romantic interval, of the Barbizon college, and of the Realist college, starting with Prud'hon and finishing with Seurat. A assorted diversity of compositions by means of such masters as Gericault, Corot, Rousseau, Couture, Daubigny, and particularly Delacroix is incorporated. one of the highlights is a bunch of oil work by way of Courbet—both landscapes and portraits—and a chain of cloud stories by means of Constable. simply because those photos were held for therefore lengthy in deepest arms, such a lot are little identified this day, although they have been made by way of famous masters. Many are released right here for the 1st time, frequently with comparative illustrations.
Colta Ives conceived this ebook and is its major writer. She presents documentation and statement for every paintings, putting it in the context of the artist's improvement and connecting it to modern creative traits and concepts. Elizabeth E. Barker has contributed entries on Constable and Bonington.
The personality of the pictures assembled is notable, reflecting the collector's own reaction to the turbulent dramas of the Romantics, the clean discovery of panorama by means of French and English painters of the college of Nature, and the somber realism of Courbet and his fans. approximately all of the artists represented have been alternately damned and praised for his or her modernity, for they have been wanting to current the flora and fauna in as shiny a fashion as attainable. Their delicate remedy of nature and of human existence, often in a fluid, cursory variety, was once meant to elicit a heightened reaction from the viewer. For the main half historical historical past and fable have been left in the back of for the immediacy of the current. Romanticism and the varsity of Nature can also be the tale of a good collector and her self reliant discoveries. This book will accompany an exhibition proven on the Metropolitan Museum of artwork from October sixteen, 2000, to January 21, 2001.
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