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Clouds, Ice, and Bounty: The Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Collection of Seventeenth-Century Dutch and Flemish Paintings
Arthur K. Wheelock Jr.

For more than two decades, Lee and Juliet Folger have worked closely with the National Gallery of Art to acquire exceptional seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish paintings. Clouds, Ice, and Bounty honors this remarkable group of paintings and the collaborative relationship that has brought them into the nation’s collection. To date, twenty-five works (including one British painting) have been purchased for the Gallery by the Lee and Juliet Folger Fund. The same fund also enabled the construction of the Dutch and Flemish Cabinet Galleries. These intimate spaces, nestled among the grand galleries of the West Building of the National Gallery of Art, encourage quiet contemplation of the sort of masterful, small-scale works to which the Folgers are drawn.

The Folger paintings highlight the everyday pleasures of the Low Countries in the seventeenth century, a period of relative peace, prosperity, optimism, and reflection. An array of still lifes envelops the senses with enticing foods, lush blossoms, and impossibly fragile insects. Landscapes and seascapes explore the Netherlandish lowlands and waterways, recording minute shifts in color and terrain as land and water spread out beneath towering skies. Genre scenes capture the fashion, pastimes, and personalities of the period.

All twenty-five paintings donated to the Gallery by the Lee and Juliet Folger Fund are reproduced and discussed in this book. Luxurious illustrations allow close examination of the many charming details and expansive vistas found in the Folger paintings. Catalog entries consider composition and technique as well as the broader historical context and meaning of each work. An introductory essay by Arthur K. Wheelock Jr. tells the story of Lee and Juliet Folger’s connection to the Gallery and their thoughtful collecting practice. A volume as exquisite as the art it celebrates, this book contains a treasure trove of Dutch and Flemish seventeenth-century painting.

172 pages | 81 illustrations | 9.25 × 10.75 inches

Coming September 2020

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The New Woman Behind the Camera
Edited with text by Andrea Nelson. Foreword by Kaywin Feldman. Preface by Andrea Nelson and Mia Fineman. Contributions by Elizabeth Cronin, Mila Ganeva, Kristen Gresh, Elizabeth Otto, and Kim Sichel.

During the 1920s the New Woman was easy to recognize but hard to define. Hair bobbed and fashionably dressed, this iconic figure of modernity was everywhere, splashed across magazine pages or projected on the silver screen. A global phenomenon, she embodied an ideal of female empowerment based on real women making revolutionary changes in life and art—including photography. This groundbreaking, richly illustrated book looks at those “new women” who embraced photography as a mode of expression and made a profound impact on the medium from the 1920s to the 1950s. Thematic chapters explore how women emerged as a driving force in modern photography, bringing their own perspective to artistic experimentation, studio portraiture, fashion and advertising work, scenes of urban life, ethnography, and photojournalism. Featuring work by over 120 photographers, this volume expands the history of photography by critically examining an international array of canonical and less well-known women photographers, from Berenice Abbott, Dorothea Lange, and Lola Álvarez Bravo to Eslanda Goode Robeson, Tsuneko Sasamoto, and Homai Vyarawalla. Against the odds, these women produced invaluable visual testimony that reflects both their personal experiences and the extraordinary social and political transformations of the era.

304 pages | 210 illustrations | 9.5 × 12 inches

Coming October 2020

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Vittore Carpaccio: Master Storyteller of Renaissance Venice
Peter Humfrey, Susannah Rutherglen, Deborah Howard, Catherine Whistler, Joanna Dunn, Linda Borean, Andrea Bellieni, Sara Menato,

Vittore Carpaccio is one of the most beloved painters of early Renaissance Italy, especially admired as the artist who captures the sanctity and splendor of Venice at the turn of the sixteenth century. The richness and diversity of his costumes and architecture embody the very essence of Venice five hundred years ago, a bustling, multiethnic crossroads of West and East. Carpaccio adds a taste for the poetic and fanciful in his work, creating fantastical settings enriched with contemporary detail. His large narrative canvases painted for local religious confraternities bring sacred history to life, but he was equally active in producing smaller paintings to decorate the homes of prosperous Venetians. Usually these were intended as aids to private devotion, but often, too, they were secular in subject, and showed scenes from classical mythology or everyday life. Carpaccio was a consummate draftsman, and he prepared his paintings with numerous drawings, ranging from rough preliminary sketches to beautifully refined studies. A generous selection of both paintings and drawings is presented in splendid detail in this richly illustrated volume.

With new research and insightful scholarship, curator Peter Humfrey, one of the world’s leading experts on Venetian Renaissance art, and this catalog’s seven contributing authors bring new perspectives to the work of this extraordinary artist, showing us why Vittore Carpaccio has long been celebrated as the master storyteller of Renaissance Venice.

352 pages | 300 illustrations | 9.75 × 11.5 inches

Coming February 2021