Cover image for Degas to Matisse : impressionist and modern masterworks.
Degas to Matisse : impressionist and modern masterworks.
Phillips Collection.
Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : Merrell in association with the Phillips Collection, [2000]

Physical Description:
144 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 27 cm
General Note:
Catalog of an exhibition held at the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., Sept. 23, 2000-Jan. 21, 2001.
A taste for modernism : Robert Hudson Tannahill's compatriots and colleagues / Karen Wilkin -- Robert Hudson Tannahill and Duncan Phillips : collectors and patrons / Stephen Bennett Phillips -- Robert Hudson Tannahill : some personal reminiscences / Charles H. Sawyer.
Format :


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N6494.M64 D44 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Explores the American fascination with Impressionist and Modernist art.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, is currently hosting an exhibition of European and American Impressionist and Modernist works acquired during the first half of the 20th century by two of this country's most influential collectors. Robert Tannahill (1893-1969) was heir to the J.L. Hudson department store fortune, and Duncan Phillips (1886-1966) inherited the Jones and Laughlin Steel Company fortune. Tannahill's donation of his extraordinary collection to the Detroit Institute of Arts and Phillips's creation of The Phillips Collection, the first modern art museum in the United States, were instrumental in bringing modern art to the American public. This engaging exhibition catalog, which contains approximately 100 exquisite color illustrations of paintings, drawings, and sculptures by van Gogh, Czanne, Degas, Picasso, Klee, Matisse, Hartley, Brancusi, Demuth, and others, reveals remarkable similarities in the purchases of the two benefactors. Informative essays by three distinguished art scholars and chronologies of each collector frame the artistic gems. Strongly recommended.DJoan Levin, MLS, Chicago (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This book accompanies an exhibition at the Phillips Collection in Washington of modernist 19th- and 20th-century art. It highlights similarities and differences between Robert H. Tannahill, who left his collection to the Detroit Institute of Art, and Duncan Phillips, who founded the Phillips Collection. The slim volume contains three essays, chronologies of Tannahill and Phillips, and a list of illustrations one assumes are the works exhibited. Despite a forced brevity, the essay by Karen Wilkin (author of monographs on Cezanne and Anthony Caro) serves as a succinct introduction to placing Tannahill and Phillips among the vanguard of collectors whose efforts and enthusiasm shaped American aesthetics and public collections. Stephen Bennett Phillips (associate curator, Phillips Collection) discusses the personal tastes of the two men, their similarities and differences, as each dedicated himself to educating people about modern art. Charles Sawyer (former director, Univ. of Michigan Museum of Art) offers warm reminiscences of Tannahill that flesh out his personality. This valuable discussion of modernist art focuses not on the masterpieces themselves but on the adventurousness and commitment of two collectors whose influence can scarcely be overestimated. General readers; lower-division undergraduates. J. Houghton; Muskegon Museum of Art