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American folk : folk art from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Author: Gerald W R Ward; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : MFA Publications ; New York, N.Y. : D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers [distributor], ©2001.
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"Folk art has been part of the American idiom for nearly as long as America has been a nation. Today it remains one of the best-loved and most fervently collected forms of American art, a diverse and authentic vernacular expression. American Folk presents over sixty remarkable objects from one of the country's most prominent collections of folk art, many of them never before published. Included are paintings,  Read more...
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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
American folk.
Boston, Mass. : MFA Publications ; New York, N.Y. : D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers [distributor], ©2001
(OCoLC)606629745
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gerald W R Ward; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
ISBN: 0878465952 9780878465958 0878465944 9780878465941
OCLC Number: 50663623
Notes: Published in conjunction with an exhibition held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Apr. 8-Aug. 5, 2001.
Description: 111 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Other Titles: Folk art from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Responsibility: Gerald W.R. Ward [and others].

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"Folk art has been part of the American idiom for nearly as long as America has been a nation. Today it remains one of the best-loved and most fervently collected forms of American art, a diverse and authentic vernacular expression. American Folk presents over sixty 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 eighteenth to the early twentieth century. They range from 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, to a remarkable assortment of whirligigs, windmills, decorated chests, figurines, and even carousel dogs. The introductory essay by Gerald W.R. Ward discusses the elusive notion of "folk art" itself and presents the history of the collections' acquisition by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Lavishly illustrated in full color, American Folk is a vibrant and engaging introduction to one of our proudest cultural traditions."--Jacket.

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