Title: Mastery & Elegance: Two Centuries of French ...
Publisher: Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridg, MA
Publication Date: 1998
Book Condition: Near fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near fine
Edition: First edition...
Book Type: book
Exhibition catalogue edited by Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Margaret Morgan Grasselli, Jean-François Méjanès, William W. Robinson and a forward by Pierre Rosenberg, 1998-2000 (Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, MA, and elsewhere). 492 pp, numerous color and black-and-white illustartions. In ecellent condition with some scuffing only to the dust jacket. Size: 9¾" - 12½". Bookseller Inventory # 273587
Over the past decade one of the most important and comprehensive private American collections of early French drawings has been assembled. This volume presents a selection of 115 works dating from the early 17th century to the early 19th century by approximately 70 artists. In addition to remarkable drawings by well-known draftsmen such as Poussin, Lorrain, Watteau, Fragonard, and David, the book includes superb examples of the work of lesser-known figures.
Mastery and Elegance has been written by a team of 35 international scholars. It accompanies an exhibition traveling to Toronto, Paris, Edinburgh, New York, and Los Angeles.
From Library Journal:
These two works cover essentially the same period in distinct ways. Both catalogs were written by staff at the sponsoring institution, but the Harvard publication has fuller discussions, a better-developed critical apparatus, and a broader scope than the Met's. As the catalog of one privately formed collection, Harvard's work has a unity of vision in its contents, while the Met's combines well-known drawings held by various institutions with many less familiar sheets from private collections. Harvard's catalog is arranged by artist's birth date, the Met's chronologically and thematically. Plates in both titles are very good. Although both books would work well in most public and academic art history collections, the Met catalog would be more appropriate for the general reader at a public library. The Harvard catalog, which contains excellent indexes of former owners, artists' subjects, and the like, is better suited to the serious academic researcher in a university.AJack Perry Brown, Art Inst. of Chicago Lib.
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