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Women Artists: 1550-1950
Ann Sutherland Harris, Linda Nochlin (Eds.)


This book represents a major event in the art world. It is based on the first international exhibition of art by women, assembled by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from dozens of private and public collections throughout the world, among them the Metropolitan, the Louvre, the Uffzi, the Victoria and Albert, and the Prado. It contains the work, chronologically arranged, of eighty-four women painters, from the Renaissance to the mid-twentieth century, from sixteenth-century portraiture to modern abstraction.

Included are works by artists as familiar as Kathe Kollwitz, Mary Cassatt, Marie Laurencin, Georgia O’Keeffe, Léonor Fini, and Sonia Delaunay. Here, as well, is the work of women who received much attention, even acclaim, in their own time but whose accomplishments art history has neglected and whose paintings are now largely inaccessible to the public — artists such as Anne Vallayer-Coster in the eighteenth century (who was praised for painting “like a clever man”), Judith Leyster (whose Jolly Toper was attributed until recently to Frans Hals), Vanessa Bell, the brilliantly talented sister of Virginia Woolf, and Anna Dorothea Lisiewska Therbusch (about whom her contemporary Diderot wrote: ‘‘It was not talent that she lacked in order to create a big sensation in this country..’.it was youth; it was beauty: it was modesty; it was coquetry; one must be ecstatic over the merits of our great male artists, take lessons from them, have good breasts and good buttocks, and surrender oneself to one’s teachers”). Individual commentaries consider the work of each artist in the context of her time, tell the story of her life, often quoting from letters, journals, and the memoirs of contemporaries, and discuss not only the techniques and the principles of her art but also the conditions and expectations that fostered or inhibited her development. Two brilliant critical essays encompassing all the periods represented are provided by the distinguished art historians Ann Sutherland Harris and Linda Hochlin.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles CA December 21, 1976-March 13, 1977. 1981 Edition.

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Apocalypse and Utopia
A View of Art in Germany 1910-1939

Fantastic little catalogue produced on the occasion of the exhibition “Apocalypse and Utopia” at Fischer Fine Art Limited, London, March – May 1977.
Features the work of Karl Arnold, Ernst Barlach, Willi Baumeister, Herbert Bayer, Max Backmann, Heinrich Campendonck, Otto Dix, Lyonel Feininger, Georg Grosz, Erich Heckel, Hannah Höch, Adolf Hölzel, Johannes Itten, Alexei Von Jawlensky, Wassily Kandinsky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Paul Klee, Oskar Kokoschka, Georg Kolbe, Käthe Kollwitz, August Macke, Franz Marc, Ludwig Meidner, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Otto Müller, Emil Nolde, Max Hermann Pechstein, Christian Rohlfs, Oskar Schlemmer, Karl Schmidt0Rottluff, Kurt Schwitters, Arthur Segal, Hans Walter.

“The idea for this exhibition arose when we were fortunate enough to be offered the famous Hess Guest Book. Around this nucleus we have planned a view of art in Germany between 1910 and 1939. With the generous help of many collectors and galleries we have been able to illustrate the varied aspects of this complex and important period of German art.”
The Guest Book was a two volume book-set that spanned the years 1907-1956. They were the guest books of the home of Industrialist Alfred Hess and Thekla Hess, who were great lovers and collectors of art. Their home in Erfurt regularly gathered together leading figures of the art, music and literature worlds, and their guest books collected the inscriptions, autographs, drawings and watercolours of these times.
“The Guest Book is a remarkable, unique document of the most innovative period of 20th-century German art and forms a reference source of the greatest importance.”
With an introduction by professor and author Norbert Lynton, the first part of this catalogue reproduces works from The Guest Book, and the second full-colour and black and white reproductions of works in the exhibition of 1977. Includes a full catalogue of the works.

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