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Corot: Women
Mary Morton et al.

Camille Corot (1796–1875) is best known as the great master of landscape painting who bridged the French neoclassical tradition with the impressionist movement of the 1870s. His figure paintings constitute a much smaller portion of his oeuvre and are less well known but arguably of equal importance to the history of art, in particular for founders of modernist painting such as Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, and Georges Braque.

The exhibition at the National Gallery of Art and its accompanying catalog focus on Corot’s images of women. While these works constitute the bulk of his figural work, only three female figures were publicly exhibited during the artist’s lifetime. Dressed in rustic Italian costume or stretched nude on a grassy plain, Corot’s women read, dream, and gaze, conveying a mysterious sense of inner life. Corot’s sophisticated sense of color and his deft, delicate touch applied to the female form resulted in pictures of quiet majesty.

The exhibition includes some 40 works organized into sections: single-figure bust- and full-length images of women from the 1840s through the 1860s; nudes, both studies and allegories; and Corot’s series devoted to the model in the studio. Catalog essays address Corot’s debt to the old masters, the impact of his figural works on both contemporary and 20th-century painting, the theme of the female figure in Corot’s oeuvre, the relationship of his figural work with his more famous landscape practice, and the effect of his ardent love of reading and symphonic music on his art.

144 pages | 104 illustrations | 9.5 x 12 inches

Coming October 2018

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Tintoretto: the Artist of Venice at 500 
Robert Echols et al.

Jacopo Tintoretto (1518 /1519 – 1594) was described by his contemporary Giorgio Vasari as “the most extraordinary brain that painting has ever produced.” Considered to be one of the three great painters of sixteenth-century Venice, along with Titian and Paolo Veronese, Tintoretto is particularly admired for his bold and expressive brushwork, his dramatic treatments of sacred narrative subjects, and his insightful portraits of the Venetian aristocracy.

The five-hundredth anniversary of Tintoretto’s birth provides the occasion for a major comprehensive exhibition of his oeuvre, the first in his native city of Venice in three generations and the first ever in America. Tintoretto 500 will feature more than forty of the artist’s paintings, including many large-scale works that convey the breadth and power of his narrative paintings, along with a sample of his finest drawings.

The exhibition catalog, edited by guest curators Robert Echols and Frederick Ilchman, will feature contributions from an international group of leading Tintoretto scholars, based upon the most recent research. Using the works included in the exhibition to explore the full range of Tintoretto’s activity, this lavishly illustrated volume will provide a fundamental point of reference for modern scholarship and an ideal introduction to the artist’s career and oeuvre for the general reader.

320 pages | 210 illustrations | 9.5 x 12 inches

Coming February 2019

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The American Pre-Raphaelites: Myriad Facts, Marvelous Delicacy
Linda S. Ferber, Nancy K. Anderson et al.

Early in the 1840s, the influential English critic John Ruskin urged artists to follow nature with exact discipline, painting landscape subjects out of doors in precise detail. An inspirational figure for the artists who became known as the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in Great Britain, Ruskin also exerted enormous influence in America. Though less well known than their counterparts across the Atlantic, Ruskin’s American followers produced a substantial body of work in oil and watercolor, including detailed figural compositions, stunning landscapes, and innovative still lifes.

More than three decades have passed since the Brooklyn Museum’s groundbreaking exhibition introduced this group of artists to scholars and the public. Since that time, a substantial number of works by the founding members of the group have come to light. Scholarship on the Pre-Raphaelite movement and American art during the second half of the nineteenth century has expanded to consider the social and cultural history that is critical to an understanding of the mission and works of these artists. This catalog looks afresh at this innovative but under-explored chapter in American art history.

224 pages | 150 illustrations | 9.5 x 11.5 inches

Coming March 2019