The Flowering of American Folk Art 1776-1876 - The quintessential guide to folk art in America, based on the landmark Whitney Museum exhibit of 1974, illustrates more than 400 outstanding examples of American craft covering four major categories: painted, drawn, or stitched pictures; sculpture; architectural decoration; and decorated household objects. View page after page of extraordinary talent, evidenced in weathervanes, ship figureheads, tinware, toys, quilts, painted furniture, and more
Accompanying the first major exhibit from the folk art collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, this volume highlights everyday life in 19th-century America.
This book has been written by an interdepartmental staff of curators, including Ward(editor, American Furniture with Related Decorative Arts, 1660-1830) and Carol Troyen
The book provides a sampler of the museum's rich collection of American folk art objects made before 1920 and discusses the collection's evolution at the museum and its New England focus.
The book is organized into five subject sections, the generous color photographs, with selected detailed enlargements, present a sufficient alternative for those who cannot physically observe the exhibit.
American Folk presents over 60 remarkable objects from one of the country's most prominent collections of folk art, many of them never before published. Included are paintings, carvings, textiles, prints, "frakturs", furniture, and utilitarian objects, dating from the late 18th to the early 20th century. They include such masterpieces as Erastus Salisbury Field's lush "The Garden of Eden", E.L. George's surrealistic "Child in a Rocking Chair", a complex, monumental quilt by the former slave Harriet Powers, and Wilhelm Schimmel's extraordinary carved animals--as well as a remarkable assortment of whirligigs, windmills, decorated chests, figurines, and even carousel animals.
The introductory essay by curator Gerald W.R. Ward discusses the history of its acquisition by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Published in conjunction with a major exhibition at the MFA, American Folkis a vibrant and engaging introduction to one of our proudest cultural traditions. 9 x 10 inches, 88 color illustrations.