Dallas Museum of Art Discovers George Inness Painting in the Collection
In October 2012, the Dallas Museum of Art announced the reattribution of a painting to the artist George Inness, widely admired as one of America’s greatest landscape painters. The work of art has been in the Museum’s collection for eighty years, entering in 1931 as part of a bequest by Cecil A. Keating. At the time of the painting’s acquisition, the unsigned work carried the title of In the Woods and was believed to be by the hand of Asher B. Durand, a leading figure of the first generation of the Hudson River school painters in the mid-19th century.
Images: George Inness, Stream in the Mountains (formerly: In the Woods), c. 1850, oil on canvas, Dallas Museum of Art, bequest of Cecil A. Keating, 1931.6; George Inness, Woodland Scene, 1845–55, pen and brown-black ink, brush, and brown wash heightened with white gouache over traces of graphite on brown wove paper, Princeton University Art Museum. Gift of Frank Jewett Mather Jr. x1943-27
A Closer Look at Pierre Bonnard’s The Street in Winter
The provenance history of The Street in Winter begins with two art critics who had collections of works from various art movements that originated in France, including the Nabis group.The painting first belonged to Thadée Natanson, an important French critic and collector who strongly supported the Nabi movement. In 1891 Thadée, along with his brother Alexandre, founded the Revue Blanche, a journal that promoted Bonnard and his contemporaries and celebrated their innovative aesthetic. In 1908, when Natanson sold his collection of art, The Street in Winter came into the possession of the influential dealer, art critic, and collector Félix Fénéon. Like Natanson, Fénéon was active in the literary community of Paris. He contributed to numerous magazines and co-founded his own journal, Revue Indépendante, in 1884.
New Collections Handbook Highlights Recent Acquisitions across Museum’s Encyclopedic Collection and Showcases DMA’s Transformative Growth Since Its Founding in 1903
The Quality Instinct: Seeing Art Through a Museum Director’s Eye by Maxwell L. Anderson Provides Readers with Insights and Anecdotes on How to See and Judge Art
Maxwell L. Anderson, the newly named Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art and former director of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, enters the fray with The Quality Instinct: Seeing Art Through a Museum Director’s Eye. Part personal memoir, part thinking person’s guide to the museum, The Quality Instinct is filled with wit, humor, anecdotes, and insights from the author’s thirty years in the highly competitive, often contentious art world. Anderson takes us on a grand tour of ancient and contemporary art, sharing five simple metrics of quality that help us increase our “visual literacy” as we learn to see, not simply look—and yes, to judge.
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