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Author Zafran, Eric.

Title Surrealism and modernism : from the collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum / edited by Eric Zafran
Published Hartford : Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in association with Yale University Press, New Haven, 2004


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Description 151 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
regular print
Contents Destination Unknown: Pathways to Modernism / Paul Paret -- Springtime in the Museum: Modern Art comes to Hartford / Eric Zafran -- Works illustrated from the Wadsworth Atheneum Collection
Summary "Many of the works - in particular the museum's Surrealist paintings - were bought directly from the artists or from their very first exhibitions. The famed Chick Austin, director of the Atheneum from 1929 to 1944, mounted the first Surrealist exhibition in America in 1931 and proceeded to buy a work by the then relatively little known Salvador Dali. Examples by de Chirco, Cornell, Matta, Calder, and Ernst soon followed. Later, when painters such as Tanguy and his wife, Kay Sage, settled in Connecticut, they became friends with Austin, and works by them and owned by them, such as an admirable painting by Magritte, eventually came to the Atheneum. In 1934 the museum presented the first great American retrospective of Picasso, and Austin was able to buy one small neo-classical example, which over the years has been supplemented by four other Picasso paintings. Austin's successor purchased works by Stanley Spencer, Henry Moore, Maillol, and Marini
In More recent years, examples of American modernists and expressionists such as Georgia O'Keeffe, Arthur Dove, Willem de Kooning, and Jackson Pollock have entered the collection to provide a broad overview of artistic trends of the last century."--BOOK JACKET
Notes Catalog of an exhibition held at the Phillips Collection, Oct. 6, 2003-Jan. 18, 2004, Orange County Museum of Art, Feb. 15-April 25, 2004, Kimbell Art Museum, May 23-Sept. 5, 2004, and John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Oct. 14, 2004-Jan. 9, 2005
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art -- Exhibitions.
Surrealism -- Exhibitions.
Art -- Connecticut -- Hartford -- Exhibitions.
Modernism (Art) -- Exhibitions.
Genre/Form Exhibition catalogs.
Author Paret, Paul, 1968-
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.
Phillips Collection.
LC no. 2003009654
ISBN 0300102038 cloth alkaline paper