Paris 1900: The "American School" at the Universal Exposition
Fischer, Diane P.
Price: 9.00 USD
Montclair, New Jersey: Montclair Art Museum, 1999. Blue wraps. 232 pp. 47 color, 101 bw plates. Issued in conjunction with an exhibition focusing on work shown at the 1900 Exposition, and the emergence of American art as being worthy of international attention. "Examines the campaign sponsored by the U.S. Department of State proving the existence of a distinct 'American school' of art and refuting earlier French criticism that American art was primarily a reflection of French art. At this exposition, the McKinley administration's crusade emphasized paintings that exuded 'American character,' such as images of virile men, wholesome women, pristine landscapes, and technologically superior cities. Paintings by still-powerful American expatriates were also included." (dj of hardcover) The illustrated catalogue addresses 148 works that are interspersed throughout the five thematic essays. Includes two appendices: A) a list of selected participants from the U.S. Commission to the Paris Exposition of 1900 and B) annotated catalogue of American paintings, Paris Exposition of 1900. Wonderful illustrations. VG. May have some light bumping in corners.