American Paintings in the Detroit Institute of Arts: Forging a modern identity : masters of American painting born after 1847

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Hudson Hills Press, 2005 - Art - 303 pages
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This publication, the third in a series of titles co-published with the Detroit Institute of Arts, completes the study of American paintings in the museum's collection with 129 color images of works by artists born after 1847.
The American art collection in Detroit covers a broad range of artistic endeavors spanning the early Colonial period through the first part of the 20th century, but the strength of the American holdings is the painting collection. Especially strong are those paintings from the latter part of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth, which are the focus of this volume.
This volume also illustrates the change from the Whistlerian aesthetic of "art for art's sake," seen in Thomas Dewing's atmospheric tonalist landscapes, to the new philosophy of "art for life's sake," a distinctly American realism that reached its peak with the Ashcan school. Key among these realists are Robert Henri, John Sloan, and George Bellows. Works by Marsden Hartley, Lyonel Feininger, and John Marin demonstrate the later move toward abstraction. The volume also includes an extensive bibliography and index.

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In his introduction, Tottis claims that the Detroit Institute of Arts' collection of American paintings, which he oversees as associate curator, is among the very best in the country; he is not ... Read full review



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James Tottis is Associate Curator of American Art at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

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