Work Title: Collecting Stories: 400 Paintings -- 400 Stories. A Collection of American Paintings
Work Author(s): Tom Davies
420 color illustrations, 360 pages, Hardcover $80.00
Reviewer: Beth Hemke Shapiro
Paging through Davies' book is akin to ambling through a vast private American Art collection, with the added benefit of the collector's personal commentary and without the drawback of tired legs. Not only does the author introduce his 400 paintings, he also provides anecdotes as to how he acquired each of them.
Davies has collected American Art for forty years, and is the author of numerous exhibition catalogues and articles for art magazines. Included in this volume is nineteenth- and twentieth-century work, representing the Hudson River School, Tonalism, and Impressionism, with a special fondness for artwork from Cape Ann, Massachusetts. The Hudson River School landscapes include the panoramic, sunlit An October Afternoon, Kauterskill Falls painted by Sanford Gifford in 1868.The less sweeping tonalist works are exemplified by works such as J. Francis Murphy's Early Snow, depicting a few barren branches with intermittent patches of snow. The impressionists are highlighted by the Cape Ann artists, such as Frederick...