American folk: folk art from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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MFA Publications, 2001 - Art - 111 pages
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Folk art has been part of the American idiom for nearly as long as America has been a nation. Today it remains one of the best-loved and most fervently collected forms of American art, a diverse and authentic vernacular expression. This new soft-cover edition of American Folkpresents over 60 remarkable objects from one of the country's most prominent collections of folk art. Included are paintings, carvings, textiles, prints, frakturs, furniture, and utilitarian objects, dating from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century. Such masterpieces as Erastus Salisbury Field's lush The Garden of Eden, E.L. George's surrealistic Child in a Rocking Chair, a complex monumental quilt by former slave Harriet Powers, and Wilhelm Schimmel's extraordinary carved animals appear alongside a remarkable assortment of whirligigs, windmills, decorated chests, figurines and even carousel dogs. Lavishly illustrated, American Folkis a vibrant and engaging introduction to one of the country's proudest cultural traditions. "Many [of these] objects are masterpieces... These works survive as intriguing, often poignant evidence of the circumstances of ordinary lives, and of the need to make art." --Deborah Weisgall, The New York Times

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Accompanying the first major exhibit from the folk art collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, this volume highlights everyday life in 19th-century America. Written by an interdepartmental ... Read full review

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DEBORAH DEPENDAHL WATERS is Curator of Decorative Arts and Manuscripts, Museum of the City of New York, President of the New York Silver Society, and author of two previous catalogs and numerous magazine articles. KRISTAN H. McKINSEY is Director of Art and Collection, Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences, Peoria, Illinois. GERALD W. R. WARD is
Katharine Lane Weems Curator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Art of The Americas, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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