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Freer : a legacy of art / Thomas Lawton, Linda Merrill.

By: Lawton, Thomas, 1931-.
Contributor(s): Merrill, Linda, 1959-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Washington, D.C. : New York : Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution ; in association with H.N. Abrams, c1993Description: 272 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm.ISBN: 0810933152 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780810933156 (cloth : alk. paper); 0810925389 (Mus. Pbk.); 9780810925380 (Mus. Pbk.).Subject(s): Freer, Charles Lang, 1854-1919 | Art patrons -- United States -- Biography | Freer Gallery of ArtAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Freer.; Online version:: Freer.DDC classification: 709/.2 Other classification: 20.11
Contents:
Foreword / Milo Cleveland Beach -- 1. Acquired Taste -- 2. The Whistler Collection -- 3. The Asian Tours -- 4. Colleagues and Dealers -- 5. Freer and Fenollosa -- 6. The American Renaissance -- 7. Composing the Collection -- 8. The Late Years -- 9. The Washington Building -- Chronology / Charles Lang Freer.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 266-267) and index.

Foreword / Milo Cleveland Beach -- 1. Acquired Taste -- 2. The Whistler Collection -- 3. The Asian Tours -- 4. Colleagues and Dealers -- 5. Freer and Fenollosa -- 6. The American Renaissance -- 7. Composing the Collection -- 8. The Late Years -- 9. The Washington Building -- Chronology / Charles Lang Freer.

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Library Journal Review

Judging by recent publications, there currently seems to be an interest in and nostalgia for the great collectors of the recent past: Havemeyer ( Splendid Legacy . 1993), Barnes ( Great French Paintings from the Barnes Foundation , LJ 5/15/93), Morgan, and now Freer. Charles Lang Freer, whose original gift to the nation in 1906 formed the basis of a singular collection of Asian art, realized in his collection a link between East and West matched only in James McNeill Whistler's Peacock Room. On the occasion of the opening of the renovated Freer galleries at the Smithsonian, this book is a celebration of the man. It is part biography and part catalog, detailing both the development of a connoisseur and the creation of a collection. Numerous color illustrations give just a hint of the extraordinary scope of the galleries, truly a national treasure. As an excellent introduction and a basis for further study, this work should be part of any art library collection and most large public library collections.-- Paula Frosch, Metropolitan Museum Lib., New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

This informative and richly illustrated book, published on the occasion of the reopening of the Freer Gallery of Art, tells the story of Charles Lang Freer as a collector of art and of the development of his art collection into the Smithsonian Institution's Freer Gallery of Art. It describes Freer's friendship with James McNeill Whistler and the purchase of his work (including Whistler's Peacock Room), of Freer's emerging taste for Japanese art (and then Chinese, and finally Asian art as a whole), of his rounding out his collection with the work of selected 19th-century American painters (such as Abbott Thayer and Thomas Dewing), and of the completion of the building to house the collection on the Washington Mall in 1919 (the year of Freer's death). In selecting the works for his collection, and in contributing to the planning of the exhibition spaces to hold those works, Freer aimed at a harmonious whole in the style and spirit of art and building; this book contributes to that ideal of the Charles Lang Freer collection and is recommended to all readership levels. G. Eager; Bucknell University

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