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Kindred SpiritsAsher B. Durand and the American Landscape

Published by GILES in association with the Brooklyn Museum, New York


Published — (UK and USA)

Dimensions — 256 pages, 280 x 240mm (9 ½ x 11 in.), portrait

Illustrations — 100 colour and 100 b & w illustrations

Format — Hardback

Price — UK£30.00 / US$55.00

ISBN — 978-1-904832-26-3

Book Details (pdf) — Kindred_Spirits_ai.pdf

Press Release — First major retrospective devoted to the art and...

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"A full, authorative study of the life, career, art work, and influence of this leading early-1800's American " Henry Berry online

About the Book

This major new volume revisits for the first time in 30 years the world and the works of Asher B. Durand (1796-1886), one of 19th-century America’s most important artists. Durand was a central figure, both as an artist and as the major spokesman for the American landscape school, and was the acknowledged dean of American landscape painting from his election as president of the National Academy of Design in 1845 until his death at the age of ninety. This survey reproduces works from every aspect of Durand's long career as an engraver, portrait painter and landscape artist, including the iconic Kindred Spirits (1849) and The First Harvest in the Wilderness (1855), as well as numerous photographs and comparative images. It includes an illustrated biographical chronology and an appendix of Durand’s “Letters on Landscape Painting,” published in their entirety for the first time since their original publication in the Crayon in 1855

About the Author(s)

Linda S. Ferber is Vice President and Director, the Museum at The New-York Historical Society. Barbara Dayer Gallati is Curator Emerita of American Art, Brooklyn Museum. Kenneth T. Jackson is director, the Herbert H. Lehman Center for the Study of American History and Jacques Barzun Professor of History and Social Studies, Columbia University.