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The Rockefeller collection of American art at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Author: Marc Simpson; Patricia A Junker; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.; M.H. de Young Memorial Museum.
Publisher: [San Francisco, Calif.] : The Museums ; New York : H.N. Abrams, 1994.
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The American art collection assembled by Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd during the 1960s and 1970s constitutes one of the great private collections of historic American painting. This book examines the collection in depth, focusing on 140 works donated to The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in the years since 1979.
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Genre/Form: Exhibitions
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Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Rockefeller collection of American art at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
[San Francisco, Calif.] : The Museums ; New York : H.N. Abrams, 1994
(OCoLC)624998670
Named Person: John D Rockefeller, III; Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller; John D Rockefeller; Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marc Simpson; Patricia A Junker; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.; M.H. de Young Memorial Museum.
ISBN: 0810937743 9780810937741
OCLC Number: 29877364
Notes: Published in conjunction with the exhibition at the M.H. De Young Memoral Museum, 25 June-13 November, 1994.
Description: 315 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 32 cm.
Responsibility: Marc Simpson, with the assistance of Patricia Junker.

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The American art collection assembled by Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd during the 1960s and 1970s constitutes one of the great private collections of historic American painting. This book examines the collection in depth, focusing on 140 works donated to The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in the years since 1979.

The works reproduced include examples from America's foremost realist masters. Among them are portraits by John Singleton Copley and Charles Willson Peale; landscapes by Thomas Cole, Frederic E.

Church, and Martin Johnson Heade; George Caleb Bingham's extraordinary Boatmen on the Missouri; one of Edward Hick's most ambitious treatments of The Peaceable Kingdom; watercolors, drawings, and an early Civil War oil by Winslow Homer; and works by Eastman Johnson, Thomas Anshutz, John Frederick Peto, Grant Wood, Charles Sheeler, and Andrew Wyeth.

Each work is reproduced here in full color. The accompanying texts, comprised of extracts from contemporary accounts by artists, critics, patrons, and sitters, are lively and illuminating guides to understanding each work's history and significance. A detailed history of ownership and public exhibition and a selected bibliography are also provided for each painting. In many cases, this is the first time these important materials have appeared in print.

The fascinating introductory essay examines the context of the Rockefellers' collecting, the directions they considered in forming the collection, their increasing sense of responsibility toward it, and factors they considered in its disposition.

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