Surrealism and Modernism

From the Collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Eric Zafran and Paul Paret

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The Wadsworth Atheneum’s remarkable collection of twentieth-century art is due to a succession of adventurous directors and curators. This beautiful book showcases the museum’s holdings and provides fascinating details about their acquisition.

In 1931, the famed Chick Austin, director of the Atheneum from 1929 to 1944, purchased works by Dalí, Calder, Picasso, Ernst, and others. Austin’s successor, Charles Cunningham, added works by Stanley Spencer, Henry Moore, Maillol, and Marini. In more recent years, examples of American modernists and expressionists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Arthur Dove, Willem de Kooning, and Jackson Pollock have also been acquired.

Eric Zafran, curator of European art at the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut, is also the editor of Gauguin’s “Nirvana”: Painters at Le Pouldu, 1889–90, published by Yale University Press.

ISBN: 9780300102031
Publication Date: December 11, 2003
Publishing Partner: Published in association with the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
152 pages, 9-1/2 x 11-1/4
40 b/w + 75 color illus.
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Edited by Tanya Paul and Stanton Thomas; With texts by Tany

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