American Art of Our Century

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catalogue of the collection

Paintings, sculpture, watercolors, and drawings acquired by the Museum from its founding through December 31, 1960, are listed below. Dimensions of paintings are in inches, height preceding width. The dimensions of watercolors and drawings are sight (measured within the frame or mat opening), unless otherwise noted.

The largest dimension of sculpture is given, in inches. For reliefs, height and width are given, in that order.

Unless otherwise stated, the support for watercolors and drawings is paper.

The term composition board is used for fabricated boards, such as Presdwood, Masonite, etc., and cardboard for light paper boards, such as academy board.

Dates following titles are inscribed on the works themselves unless enclosed in parentheses. A dash between two dates ( 1927-30) indicates that the work was executed during these years; a diagonal line ( 1927/30) that it was worked on again in the latter year.

The figures preceding the decimal point in accession numbers indicate the year of acquisition. For example, 54.17 means that the work was acquired in 1954. All works accessioned in 1931, not identified as purchases, were part of the private collection of Gertrude V. Whitney, which she gave to the Museum on its foundation.

Page references are to illustrations.

In memory of Juliana Force, the Museum acquires each year at least one work by an artist under thirty, designated as a Juliana Force Purchase.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Contents 5
  • Part One - 1900-1939 7
  • 1 - American Art in 1900 9
  • 2 - The Whitney Museum of American Art 12
  • 3 - The Eight and Other City Realists 20
  • 4 - Primitives 29
  • 5 - Pioneers of Modernism: Post-Impressionism and Expressionism 32
  • 6 - Pioneers of Modernism: Abstraction 42
  • 7 - Precisionists 50
  • 8 - Sculpture, 1910-1939 58
  • 9 - Representational Painting 67
  • 10 - The American Scene 84
  • 11 - The Social School 98
  • 12 - Fantasy 104
  • 13 - The Trend toward Abstraction 109
  • Part Two - 1940-1960 119
  • 14 - Romantic Realism 121
  • 15 - Traditional Sculpture 133
  • 16 - Precise Realism 138
  • 17 - Fantasy and Surrealism 148
  • 18 - Social Comment 157
  • 19 - Expressionism: Painting 169
  • 20 - Expressionism: Sculpture 190
  • 21 - Semi-Abstraction 197
  • 22 - Free-Form Abstraction: Painting 208
  • 23 - Free-Form Abstraction: Sculpture 230
  • 24 - Formal Abstraction: Painting 239
  • 25 - Formal Abstraction: Sculpture 252
  • Whitney Museum of American Art 265
  • Whitney Museum of American Art 266
  • Catalogue of the Collection 267
  • Index by Mediums 298
  • Exhibitions, 1914-1960 301
  • Books Published by the Whitney Museum of American Art 306
  • Friends of the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1956-1960 307
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