Book Release: America and the Art of Flanders

November 12 2020

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Picture: Penn State University Press

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Penn State University Press and the Frick Collection have recently published a book entitled America and the Art of Flanders. The volume contains a collection of essays related to the American taste for collecting Flemish art in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Many AHN favourites including Rubens and Van Dyck are featured within.

The table of contents, to whet the appetite, is as follows:

Part 1. The Early Years: The Formation of America’s Taste for Flemish Painting

1. Before Modern Connoisseurship: Robert Gilmor, Jr.’s, Quest for Flemish Paintings in the Early Republic - Lance Humphries

2. Collecting the Art of Flanders in Antebellum New York - Margaret R. Laster

3. The American Van Dyck - Adam Eaker

4. A Family Affair: Bruegel and Sons in America - Louisa Wood Ruby

Part 2. The Gilded Age and Beyond

5. In Search of Major Masters: Boston’s History of Collecting Flemish Baroque Painting - Ronni Baer

6. “Never a Dull Picture”: John Graver Johnson Collects Flemish Art - Esmée Quodbach

7. Creating an Acquired Taste for Flemish Paintings: The Advice of W. R. Valentiner and Others - Dennis P. Weller

8. Collecting Seventeenth-Century Flemish Paintings in the Midwest - George S. Keyes

Part 3. The Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries: The Dissemination of Flemish Art Across America

9. From Personal Treasures to Public Gifts: The Flemish Painting Collection at the National Gallery of Art - Alexandra Libby

10. Collecting Rubens in America - Marjorie E. Wieseman

11. “It Is a Great Painting for a Museum”: Collecting Flemish Paintings in Southern California - Anne T. Woollett

The Frick Collection have already posted recordings of a series of lectures presented on the subject in 2016. All videos are available to watch on YouTube.

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