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160 Years of Art at the St. Louis Mercantile Library

A Handbook to the Collections an Anniversary Publication, 1846-2006

Julie Dunn-Morton (author)

ISBN: 9780963980496

Publication Date: Jul 2008

Format: Book

The St Louis Mercantile Library Association has, from the time of its founding in 1846, exhibited and collected fine art. This illustrated handbook presents highlights of the paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, and folk and decorative arts that make up the Mercantile Library Association's permanent collection.
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The St. Louis Mercantile Library Association has, from the time of its founding in 1846, exhibited and collected fine art, amassing a collection that complements its research holdings while also reflecting the tastes, interests, and cultural aspirations of its constituency. As such, the collection is particularly strong in artists who lived and worked in the city of St. Louis and the state of Missouri and who created works inspired by literary, political, and historical subjects.Numerous donations of sculpture have helped form a nucleus of works that brings to life the association's literary collections, while the predominance of landscape paintings is a natural outgrowth of St. Louis' nineteenth-century landscape movement that was tied to national and international art styles. Appropriately, the collection also features portraits of political, literary, and social leaders created in various media by some of the leading artists of their day.This fully illustrated handbook presents highlights of the paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, and folk and decorative arts that make up the Mercantile Library Association's permanent collection and that reflect the institution's past 160 years of cultural activity as well as its ongoing role as a museum for art of the American Midwest.
Illustrations 100 colour illustrations, bibliography, index
Imprint Saint Louis Mercantile Library Association
Pages 192
Date Published 30 Jul 2008
Publisher University of Missouri Press
Subject/s History of art & design styles: from c 1900 -   History of art & design styles: c 1800 to c 1900  
Julie Dunn-Morton is Curator of Fine Art Collections for the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri - St. Louis.

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