Historic American Art Colonies
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A Google Book Search conducted April 26, 2008 located 13 books featuring either full view or limited view with the search phrase "American art colonies." An example is:
The Cos Cob Art Colony: Impressionists on the Connecticut Shore, By Susan G. Larkin, National Academy of Design (U.S.), Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Denver Art Museum. Published 2001 by Yale University Press. 246 pages. ISBN:0300088523. Google Books says: "What Argenteuil in the 1870s was to French Impressionists, Cos Cob between 1890 and 1920 was to American Impressionists Childe Hassam, Theodore Robinson, John Twachtman, J. Alden Weir, and their followers. These artists and writers came together to work in the modest Cos Cob section of Greenwich, Connecticut, testing new styles and new themes in the stimulating company of colleagues. This beautiful book is the first to examine the art colony at Cos Cob and the role it played in the development of American Impressionist art.During the art-colony period, says Susan Larkin, Greenwich was changing from a farming and fishing community to a prosperous suburb of New York. The artists who gathered in Cos Cob produced work that reflects the resulting tensions between tradition and modernity, nature and technology, and country and city. The artists' preferred subjects -- colonial architecture, quiet landscapes, contemplative women -- held a complex significance for them, which Larkin explores. Drawing on maritime history, garden design, women's studies, and more, she places the art colony in its cultural and historical context and reveals unexpected depth in paintings of enormous popular appeal." Yale University Press says: "During the art-colony period, says Susan Larkin, Greenwich was changing from a farming and fishing community to a prosperous suburb of New York. The artists who gathered in Cos Cob produced work that reflects the resulting tensions between tradition and modernity, nature and technology, and country and city. The artists' preferred subjects-colonial architecture, quiet landscapes, contemplative women-held a complex significance for them, which Larkin explores. Drawing on maritime history, garden design, women's studies, and more, she places the art colony in its cultural and historical context and reveals unexpected depth in paintings of enormous popular appeal." Note: Google Books offers a Limited Preview of this book. For more information on this and other digitizing initiatives from publishers please click here and here. (left: front cover, The Cos Cob Art Colony: Impressionists on the Connecticut Shore, image courtesy Google Books)
American Art Colonies, 1850-1930: A Historical Guide to America's Original Art Colonies and Their Artists, By Steve Shipp. Published 1996 by Greenwood Publishing Group. Art, Modern. 192 pages. ISBN:0313296197. Google Books says: "Some of America's most influential artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries are featured, along with a concise overview of the colonies in which they worked. These colonies ranged from Carmel-Monterey in California to Gloucester-Rockport in Massachusetts to Taos and Santa Fe in New Mexico. Some of the artists are famous today, such as Georgia O'Keeffe, while others were well known at the time and added to the name recognition of their particular colonies. Scholars, students, and anyone interested in American Art History will find valuable information on how the closeness of colonies can affect and influence artists. For most artists, interest in art colonies began in the mid-1800s in Europe, where they had gone to live, work, and study. On returning to America, they continued what they believed was a practice that benefited their personal maturity as professional artists--living in a major city such as New York during the winter and spending summers with other working artists in art colonies. The impact of those early artists can be seen in the paintings of many of today's artists." Note: Google Books offers a Limited Preview of this book. For more information on this and other digitizing initiatives from publishers please click here and here.
The Bayou Painters: South Alabama's Art Colony (1946-1953). by Lynn Barstis Williams (Author), Paul W. Richelson (Introduction), Mobile Museum of Art (2006)
New Hope for American Art. by Jim Alterman. 612 pages. Mr Alterman says: "... The book contains 165 individual artist chapters by works of The Pennsylvania Impressionists, Philadelphia Ten, and New Hope Modernists including: Daniel Garber, Edward Redfield, George Sotter, Arthur Meltzer, Robert Spencer, William Lathrop, Kenneth Nunamaker, John Folinsbee, Henry Snell, W.F. Taylor, Fern Coppedge, M. E. Price, Clarence Johnson, S George Phillips, Rae Sloan Bredin, Walter Baum, Morgan Colt, Charles Rosen, Meierhans, Ramsey, Stone, Evans, Zenk....... It also includes important information on collecting, values and opportunities, and helpful charts showing appreciation and past performance at auction by these artists. An invaluable tool to help train the collector's eye." Accessed July, 2015
Rocky Neck Art Colony 1850 - 1950, by Judith Curtis, 2008, 160 pages, 9 x 12 inches, 130 color illustrations. Rocky Neck Historic Art Trail says of the book: "The Rocky Neck Art Colony is pleased to announce the publication of its new book, Rocky Neck Art Colony 1850-1950, by art historian and writer Judith Curtis, designed by Stephen Bridges. The book details the art, lives, and interactions of the great artists who painted Rocky Neck and its environs. Images of works by Fitz Henry Lane, Winslow Homer, Gordon Grant, Frank Duveneck, Childe Hassam, Theresa Bernstein, Cecilia Beaux, Mary Bryan, Umberto Romano, and many others are beautifully reproduced and accompany the text of this fascinating and lovely book." accessed 7/29/13
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