Balancing an allegiance to the traditional art of the printed book, for which it has won many awards for excellence, with a commitment to the utility of digital and online formats, the publishing program at the National Gallery of Art fosters an understanding of the Gallery’s collections and exhibitions through the diverse insights of its curators, conservators, educators, and resident scholars.



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Online Editions


Available in 2014 for the first time on the Gallery’s website, Online Editions will provide access to the most current in-depth information on the Gallery’s collections along with a set of smart tools for citing, comparing, sharing, exporting, viewing, printing, and storing both texts and images.



Andrew Wyeth:
Looking Out, Looking In

Nancy K. Anderson and Charles Brock

This exhibition catalogue offers a new approach to Andrew Wyeth’s deceptively realistic work. Discussion focuses upon Wyeth’s non-figural “Wind from the Sea” (1947), a recent gift to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and one of more than 300 paintings that Wyeth produced on the subject of the window during his long career. Spare and elegant, these paintings address the visual and metaphorical complexities of windows. The authors draw upon extensive recorded conversations with the artist and consider Wyeth’s connections to Robert Frost, Edward Hopper, and Charles Sheeler, as they reflect upon Wyeth’s own statement that he was an “abstract” painter.


Kimberly A. Jones, Ann Hoenigswald, Amanda T. Zehnder, Marc Rosen, Susan Pinsky, Erica Hirshler, and Elliot Bostwick Davis

Although Edgar Degas's influence upon Mary Cassatt has long been acknowledged, the extent to which Cassatt shaped Degas's artistic production and prepared the way for his warm reception by American audiences is fully examined for the first time. With a focus on the critical period from the late 1870s through the mid-1880s when Degas and Cassatt were most closely allied, this exhibition brings together some 70 works in a variety of media to examine the artistic dialogue that developed between these two celebrated impressionists. Groundbreaking technical analysis provides new insight into the intersections within their art in terms of media, methods, and subject matter.


Captain Linnaeus Tripe:
Photographer of India and Burma, 1854 – 1860

Roger Taylor and Crispin Branfoot

Captain Linnaeus Tripe (1822–1902) occupies a special place in the history of nineteenth-century British photography, not just for his memorable name but for the outstanding body of work he produced in India and Burma between 1854 and 1862 while an officer in the army of the East India Company. His large-format photographs were among the first to document sacred sites of great cultural, architectural, and archeological importance in areas generally inaccessible to Western travelers. Tripe is also exceptional for his artful retouching of negatives to enhance precisely composed images with clouds and other atmospheric effects.