Paintings and Sculpture in the Collection of the National Academy of Design: 1826-1925

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David Bernard Dearinger
Hudson Hills, 2004 - Art - 644 pages
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Paintings and Sculpture in the Collection of the National Academy of Design is the first installment of a fully illustrated two-volume catalogue of the Academy's priceless collection of paintings and sculptures. This publication documents objects by artists elected to membership in the Academy before 1926; those created by members elected after 1925 will appear in volume two. Information on a total of 1,390 objects and biographies of 581 artists - all but twenty-four of whom were American - are found here. Works documented and illustrated cover the entire range of popular artistic subject matter: portraits, landscapes, genre works, figural objects, still lifes, images of animals, and paintings or sculptures with historical, religious, and mythological themes.
Today, after more than 175 years of collecting, the Academy owns in excess of 2,100 paintings, almost three hundred sculptures, several thousand prints, drawings, and watercolors, and a group of architectural drawings, photographs, and portfolios. The collection is especially rich in masterworks of the Hudson River School, with canvases by Frederic Edwin Church, Sanford Robinson Gifford, and John Frederick Kensett; portraits of artists, including Thomas Cole, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Cecilia Beaux, and Thomas Eakins; late nineteenth-century American sculpture, with bronzes by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Daniel Chester French, Anna Hyatt Huntington, and Paul Manship; and paintings by the American Impressionists and Tonalists such as George Inness, Childe Hassam, William Merritt Chase, and Frederick Frieseke. These and hundreds of other masterworks of American art are documented in this volume.
  

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STANLEY ELLIS CUSHING graduated from Boston University and joined the staff of the Boston Athenaeum in 1970. For thirty years he served as Chief Conservator of the Library, responsible for the care and preservation of its book and manuscript collections. Currently, he is the Athenaeum's Curator of Rare Books. He is the author of The George Washington Library Collection (1997) and 50 Books in the Collection of the Boston Athenaeum (1994).
DAVID B. DEARINGER is the Susan Morse Hilles Curator of Paintings and Sculpture at the Boston Athenaeum. He holds a Ph.D in American art history from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He has curated many exhibitions in Boston and New York, and published and lectured widely on various topics in nineteenth-century American art. Among his publications are Rave Reviews: American Art and Its Critics, 1825-1925 (2000) and Paintings and Sculpture in the Collection of the National Academy of Design (2004). He is currently an adjunct member of the art history faculty at the State University of New York's Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.

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