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Fragonard: The Fantasy Figures
Yuriko Jackall

Jean Honoré Fragonard’s Young Girl Reading, given to the National Gallery of Art by Ailsa Mellon Bruce in memory of her father, Andrew W. Mellon, remains one of the most widely beloved examples of the artist’s virtuosic style. In 2012 a newly discovered drawing by Fragonard further confirmed its rarity. The drawing consisted of rapidly executed, thumbnail-sized sketches, identifiable with a group of paintings by Fragonard known as his “fantasy figures” — quickly painted, vibrantly colored portraits, each showing its model in extravagant fancy costume.

At the Gallery, the discovery of the drawing prompted a collaborative study of Young Girl Reading by members of the curatorial, conservation, and scientific research departments. The team’s findings established the work as a full-fledged member of the fantasy figure series and also shed light on Fragonard’s approach to the ensemble as a whole.

The catalog brings together the known fantasy figures with the newly found drawing. Situated at the intersection of social history, fashion history, and new scientific technologies, this catalog serves as an important compendium of information on Fragonard’s fantasy figures.

176 pages | 140 illustrations | 9.75 x 12.25 inches

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Facture: Conservation, Science, Art History
Volume 3: Degas

Edited by Daphne Barbour and Suzanne Quillen Lomax

Facture, a biennial journal presenting peer-reviewed scholarly articles, addresses issues from conservation treatment and technical art history to scientific research, fostering a dialogue among art historians, scientists, and conservators in the international community. Volume 3 is devoted to the corpus of Edgar Degas. Articles focus on finish in his paintings; analysis of his posthumous bronze casts; and his unconventional use of materials, including tracing paper for a late pastel, wax for his sculpture, and the degree to which he pushed traditional techniques beyond conventional boundaries. Two shorter pieces explore Degas’s soft ground etchings and his sonnet on the contribution to interdisciplinary scholarship on art.

200 pages | 150 illustrations | 8 x 11 inches

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America Collects Eighteenth-Century French Painting
Yuriko Jackall et al.

In 1815, Joseph Bonaparte, elder brother of Napoleon, arrived in America, bringing his vast and exquisite collection of 18th-century French paintings. These works caused a sensation when they were placed on public view, and a new American taste for 18th-century French painting was born. America Collects Eighteenth-Century French Painting tells the stories of 68 French paintings that represent some of the best and most unusual examples of this type of art that American museums have to offer. Highlighting smaller museum collections across the country and less well-known paintings, the catalog considers America’s very real fascination with France in the 18th century — a staunch ally in the revolutionary wars, a cultural and intellectual model for Franklin, Jefferson, and other Americans abroad — but also the way in which the cultural ideal of 18th-century France has continued to endure in the American imagination.

304 pages | 160 illustrations | 10 x 12.5 inches

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East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography
Diane Waggoner et al.

Pictures of the American West have up to now dominated the canon of 19th-century American landscape photography. Although many photographers worked in the eastern United States, their pictures have received little scholarly attention with the exception of Civil War images. East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography is the first book to focus on this vivid chapter. In approximately 175 photographs in a rich variety of media by both esteemed and little-known photographers and several paintings ranging from 1840 to 1900, this book’s sections consider the earliest daguerreotypes and paper prints of eastern sites like Niagara Falls and the White Mountains; the close ties between many painters and photographers, such as the Bierstadt and Moran brothers; altered landscapes from before, during, and after the Civil War; and photographers who forged new ideas concerning the preservation of the American wilderness.

288 pages | 222 illustrations | 9.5 x 11 inches

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America’s National Gallery of Art
Philip Kopper et al.

Seventy-five years ago, on the brink of World War II, the National Gallery of Art opened in Washington, DC. Founded by Andrew W. Mellon and accepted by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on behalf of the nation, the museum housed Mellon’s stunning art collection in the beautiful neoclassical structure designed by John Russell Pope. Since that time, the Gallery’s singular status as the nation’s art museum has continued to attract generous donors who have added tens of thousands of magnificent works of art and whose generosity has made possible such expansions as I. M. Pei’s East Building in 1978, the Sculpture Garden in 1999, and, most recently, new tower galleries and a rooftop sculpture terrace in the East Building. In celebration of the momentous anniversary of a beloved cultural institution, this volume tells its history in lively prose and a lush, cinematic sequence of images. 

408 pages with gatefold | 730 illustrations | 10.25 x 11.75 inches

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Dwan Gallery: Los Angeles to New York, 1959 –1971
James Meyer et al.

Virginia Dwan, founder of leading avant-garde galleries in Los Angeles and New York, was a force in a nation made mobile by commercial airlines and the interstate highway system. While the Los Angeles gallery featured abstract expressionism, neo-Dada, and pop, the New York gallery broke ground with brilliant presentations of minimalism, conceptual art, and land art. She supported vanguards from Yves Klein and Edward Kienholz to Carl Andre and Robert Morris, who challenged the limits of art’s role as object and commodity, and later Robert Smithson, Walter De Maria, and Michael Heizer, whose earthworks were sited completely outside the gallery in remote locations of the American West. Told through the perspectives of an astute scholar of modern art, the gallerist herself, and a meticulous researcher, this volume reveals the storied history of the Dwan Gallery.

408 pages | 418 illustrations | 9.5 x 11 inches

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Photography Reinvented: The Collection of Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker
Sarah Greenough et al.

Photography Reinvented assembles the works of critically acclaimed artists who, through innovative and visionary experimentation, have changed the course of contemporary photography. From the seemingly objective, straightforward style and large-scale, colored prints of Düsseldorf school photographers such as Candida Höfer and Thomas Struth to seminal works by artists like Cindy Sherman and Hiroshi Sugimoto, Photography Reinvented traces the art form’s aesthetic, technical, and philosophical progress during a period of substantial change. While some of the artists in this volume explore photography’s nature as a medium that repurposes imagery from mass culture and a wide array of sources, others reassess iconic works of art and architecture. In an age when photography can no longer claim its main purpose as day-to-day documentation, Photography Reinvented examines the medium’s redefinition, repurposing, and reimaging and reveals the relevance of the past in our present lives.

120 pages | 71 illustrations | 10 x 12 inches

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Highlights from the National Gallery of Art, Washington
Curators of the National Gallery of Art

The National Gallery of Art is home to the nation’s art collection and a preeminent showcase for the development of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present. This completely new handbook includes beautiful reproductions and insightful commentaries on more than 400 masterworks selected by the Gallery’s curatorial staff from some 145,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, decorative arts, and new media that make up the present collection. Various mediums appear side by side in chronological groupings, a schema that emphasizes the diversity and wealth of the Gallery’s holdings and provides readers with a well-rounded picture of the Western world’s artistic production over time. This handsome, compact guide is available in English, French, Japanese, Chinese, and Spanish editions.

368 pages | 435 illustrations | 6 x 9 inches

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Stuart Davis: In Full Swing
Harry Cooper and Barbara Haskell

Stuart Davis brought a distinctively American flavor to international modernism. In blurring the distinctions between text and image, high and low culture, and abstraction and figuration, his work continues to challenge and influence contemporary art. This catalog presents an exciting but lesser-known artist to a new generation in order to secure his rightful place in the modern canon. Stuart Davis: In Full Swing focuses on Davis's brilliant sequence of breakthroughs that began in 1921 and ended only in 1964 with his death. With approximately 100 works, the catalog highlights Davis’s unique ability to assimilate the imagery of popular culture, the aesthetics of advertising, the lessons of cubism, and the sounds and rhythms of jazz—his great musical passion—into works that hum with intelligence and energy. In addition to essays by cocurators Barbara Haskell and Harry Cooper, this catalog features a detailed chronology of Davis’s life and works, drawing upon new primary documents, including numerous photographs and excerpts from his writings.

288 pages | 185 illustrations | 9.5 x 11 inches

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Hubert Robert
Margaret Morgan Grasselli and Yuriko Jackall

Hubert Robert (1733 – 1808) was regarded during his lifetime as one of France’s most prominent artists, earning the nickname “Robert of the Ruins.” At the core of his success was his brilliance as a master of the architectural capriccio — an imaginary composition in which monuments from different locales were artfully brought together. His work was greatly influenced by the years that he spent in Italy, particularly Rome, recording its cultural heritage and forging close relationships with artists like Panini and Piranesi. A gifted painter of architecture and landscape, Robert was also a talented and prolific draftsman, a skilled printmaker, an interior decorator, a garden designer, and a keeper of the king’s paintings. Presenting an impressive selection of his works, five essays, and a biographical chronology, this volume richly illuminates Robert’s lasting contributions to French culture.

296 pages | 140 illustrations | 10.5 x 12.5 inches

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Three Centuries of American Prints from the National Gallery of Art
Judith Brodie, Amy Johnston, and Michael J. Lewis

Three Centuries of American Prints from the National Gallery of Art offers a comprehensive view of American art through masterful prints from the colonial period to the present, from Paul Revere to Martin Puryear. Major movements in American print history are highlighted in the selection of approximately 140 works by 95 artists. These movements extend from the colonial period and the Revolution to early landscapes of the New World; from the etching revival inspired by the prints of James McNeill Whistler to gritty urban views of New York by the Ashcan artists; from the lighthearted satire of the American regionalists to government-sponsored art of the Depression era; from the influx of European modernism around the Armory Show to postwar, hard-edge abstraction; from the rise of pop art and the American graphic workshops in the 1960s and 1970s to prints of the 21st century.

304 pages | 235 illustrations | 9.625 x 11.5 inches

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The Altering Eye: Photographs from the National Gallery of Art
Sarah Greenough, Sarah Kennel, Diane Waggoner, and Andrea Nelson

Since 1990 the National Gallery of Art has acquired nearly 15,000 American and European photographs dating from 1839 to the present. This richly illustrated book marks the 25th anniversary of the Gallery’s photography collection, celebrating the vitality, breadth, and history of its holdings. It features some of the most significant and compelling photographs in the collection, charting the development of the medium and revealing the beauty and versatility of photography since its invention 175 years ago.

360 pages | 315 illustrations | 11.75 x 11.25 inches

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National Gallery of Art: Architecture + Design
Maygene Daniels and Susan Wertheim

This souvenir book presents a brief history of the National Gallery of Art campus with an emphasis on the beauty and rationale of its design. Developed over the course of almost 75 years, the Gallery offers visitors from the United States and around the world an opportunity to see art in an architectural and landscape setting of striking beauty. The West Building (1941) and East Building (1978), joined by a subterranean concourse and a street-level plaza, as well as the Sculpture Garden (1999), all embody the institution’s rich cultural contribution to public life today.

64 pages | 61 illustrations | 6 x 5.5 inches

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