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Degas/Cassatt
Kimberly A. Jones et al.

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 catalog 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.

176 pages | 145 illustrations | 9.5 x 10.5 inches

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Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In
Nancy K. Anderson and Charles Brock

One of Andrew Wyeth’s most important paintings, Wind from the Sea (1947), is also the artist’s first full realization of the window as a recurring subject in his art. Wyeth returned to windows again and again during the next six decades, producing more than 300 remarkable works that explore the formal and conceptual aspects of looking both in and out of windows. Spare, elegant, and abstract, these non-figural paintings are free of the narrative element inevitably associated with his well-known compositions. This richly illustrated book presents a select group of Wyeth’s tempera paintings—many of them never before published or on public view—along with two essays that explore Wyeth’s fascination with windows.

224 pages | 150 illustrations | 9.5 x 11.5 inches

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Andrew Wyeth: A Spoken Self Portrait
Richard Meryman

Richard Meryman began an enduring friendship with Andrew Wyeth while writing for Life magazine in 1964. Over four decades, he recorded some 600 hours of conversations with Wyeth as well as his family, friends, and neighbors in Pennsylvania and Maine — ​including Christina Olson, subject of Christina’s World. This book offers a taste of those recordings, skillfully crafted by Meryman into five monologues on key themes in Wyeth’s work. We hear Wyeth speak vividly of people and places that triggered memories and emotions to which he gave powerful expression in his art. He shares personal experiences and talks about artists who inspired him and why, revealing profound understanding of these influences. This fascinating book includes reproductions of many works of art discussed by Wyeth in his own words as well as previously unpublished photographs of the artist’s studio taken since his death in 2009.

132 pages | 101 color images | 4.5 x 9.75 inches

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Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art
Mary Morton

Among the most beloved paintings at the National Gallery of Art are the intimately scaled French impressionist and post-impressionist works collected by Paul Mellon and Ailsa Mellon Bruce. These are pictures the donors bought and lived with in their homes before giving them to the nation, and they inspired gifts of similar works from other generous collectors. The broad appeal of the Gallery’s small French paintings stems from their sense of intimacy — they were made for personal enjoyment and depict quiet interiors, lush landscapes, family groups, people reading, sailing, and visiting the beach. This volume presents some sixty-five luminous works along with an essay high­lighting for the first time Ailsa Mellon Bruce’s role in the formation of the Gallery’s collection.

168 pages | 87 color images | 10.25 x 12.25 inches

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Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris
Sarah Kennel et al.

One of the most talented photographers of the nineteenth century, Charles Marville photographed city scenes throughout France and Germany in the 1850s, explored landscape and portraiture, and became known as the official photographer of Paris during its transition years under Baron Haussmann. His best-known photographs record Paris before and after its medieval streets gave way to the broad boulevards we associate with the City of Light. Yet Marville has long been an enigma. Among many new insights revealed in this meticulously researched monograph is that he was born Charles-François Bossu in 1813 and adopted his pseudonym as a young illustrator in the 1830s. This first comprehensive examination of Marville’s life and career delivers the much-awaited recognition his work deserves.

280 pages | 169 illustrations | 9.5 x 11 inches

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Tell It with Pride: The 54th Massachusetts Regiment and Augustus Saint-Gaudens' Shaw Memorial
Sarah Greenough et al.

Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ magisterial Shaw Memorial (1900) honors Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, one of the first regiments of African American soldiers formed during the Civil War (and portrayed in the 1989 film Glory). Although the soldiers’ heads are based on anonymous models, the men and women associated with the 54th are made known here through vintage photographs, letters, and the first Medal of Honor earned by an African American soldier. The Shaw Memorial and works by Lewis Hine, Richard Benson, Carrie Mae Weems, William Earle Williams, and Ed Hamilton embody the legacy of the 54th Massachusetts. And a roster of some 1,600 soldiers from the 54th specifies personal data when known, including rank and fate at the Battle of Fort Wagner.

228 pages | 137 color images | 9.5 x 11 inches

Awards: AIGA 50 (2013), W. E. Fischelis Award from the Victorian Society in America (2014)

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