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Author Whitmore, Janet Lynn
Title Painting collections and the Gilded Age art market: Minneapolis, Chicago and St. Louis, 1870--1925
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Descript 363 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 63-01, Section: A, page: 0008
Major Adviser: Gabriel P. Weisberg
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Minnesota, 2002
Painting Collections and the Gilded Age Art Market: Minneapolis, Chicago and St. Louis, 1890--1920 examines midwestern American patterns of art collecting during the Gilded Age. Growing art collections mirror the expansion of midwestern cities at this time, and reflect a new interest in establishing cultural identity among the successful entrepreneurs who fostered the economic development of the region. This dissertation addresses questions of why midwestern collectors selected contemporary French art, how they assembled collections working with French art dealers both in the US and in Paris, and how the choices of landscape painting and rural genre paintings reflect a particularly midwestern aesthetic
The research examines the Potter and Bertha Palmer collection in Chicago, the Charles Parsons collection in St. Louis and the James J. Hill collection in St. Paul as background for the collecting pattern seen in the Minneapolis collection of T. B. Walker. The original Walker collection, which eventually became the Walker Art Center, is explored as a case study of collecting patterns, and compared with other Gilded Age midwestern art collections. The material is drawn entirely from Walker's personal correspondence with art dealers and artists, newspaper accounts, critical reviews, collection catalogues, and provenance records from the Walker archives. Other chapters examine the process of building a collection, presenting it to the public, and expanding into the old master art market
The research also includes an analysis of the exhibition installations in Walker's home gallery and its subsequent placement in a separate building on the site of the current Walker Art Center. Walker's insistence that the public have access to his collection, a commitment which distinguished him from other collectors of the time, brought him into conflict with some of the leading citizens of Minneapolis who wished to restrict access of the basis of wealth. The dissertation examines the social issues surrounding this controversy, focusing on the tensions between establishing a cultural elite and providing an open forum for educating all social classes
School code: 0130
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 63-01A
Subject Art History
Alt Author University of Minnesota
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