By Colta Ives, Elizabeth E. Barker

This booklet offers 100 and fifteen drawings and work from the holdings of Karen B. Cohen, a famous big apple collector. those French and English nineteenth-century works contain landscapes, graphics, determine compositions, and nonetheless lifes by means of nice artists of the Romantic interval, of the Barbizon university, and of the Realist college, starting with Prud'hon and finishing with Seurat. A diverse diversity of compositions by way of such masters as Gericault, Corot, Rousseau, Couture, Daubigny, and particularly Delacroix is incorporated. one of the highlights is a bunch of oil work by means of Courbet—both landscapes and portraits—and a sequence of cloud reports by way of Constable. simply because those images were held for thus lengthy in deepest palms, so much are little identified this day, even though they have been made by way of famous masters. Many are released right here for the 1st time, frequently with comparative illustrations.

Colta Ives conceived this booklet and is its major writer. She presents documentation and observation for every paintings, putting it in the context of the artist's improvement and connecting it to modern inventive traits and ideas. Elizabeth E. Barker has contributed entries on Constable and Bonington.

The personality of the photographs assembled is awesome, reflecting the collector's own reaction to the turbulent dramas of the Romantics, the clean discovery of panorama via French and English painters of the college of Nature, and the somber realism of Courbet and his fans. approximately all of the artists represented have been alternately damned and praised for his or her modernity, for they have been wanting to current the wildlife in as bright a fashion as attainable. Their delicate therapy of nature and of human existence, often in a fluid, cursory type, was once meant to elicit a heightened reaction from the viewer. For the main half historic background and delusion have been left in the back of for the immediacy of the current. Romanticism and the varsity of Nature can be the tale of a superb collector and her self sufficient discoveries. This booklet will accompany an exhibition proven on the Metropolitan Museum of artwork from October sixteen, 2000, to January 21, 2001.

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