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Louisine Havemeyer

(1855–1929). Art collector and patron. Also a suffragist. With her husband, Henry O. Havemeyer (1847–1907), also a collector and patron as well as a businessman, she amassed a ...

Havemeyer, Louisine

Havemeyer, Louisine (28 July 1855)   Reference library

The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Art & Architecture
Length:
743 words

..., xciv (1995), p. 264 Bibliography H. O. Havemeyer Collection: Catalogue of Paintings, Prints, Sculpture and Objects of Art (Portland, ME, 1931) [privately printed] D. Sutton : “ The Discerning Eye of Louisine Havemeyer, ” Apollo , lxxxii (1965), pp. 231–5 L. B. Gillies : “ European Drawings in the Havemeyer Collection, ” Connoisseur , clxxii (1969), pp. 148–55 A. Faxon : “Painter and Patron: Collaboration of Mary Cassatt and Louisine Havemeyer,” Woman's A. J. (1982–3), pp. 15–20 F. Weitzenhoffer : The Havemeyers: Impressionism Comes to America (New...

Havemeyer, Louisine

Havemeyer, Louisine (1855–1929)   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of American Art and Artists (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2018
Subject:
Art & Architecture
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353 words

..., Louisine ( 1855–1929 ). Art collector and patron Also a suffragist. With her husband, Henry O. Havemeyer ( 1847–1907 ), also a collector and patron as well as a businessman, she amassed a stellar collection of old master and nineteenth-century paintings, particularly notable for its representation of modern French artists. Through donation and bequest, many of these numbered among the more than two thousand Havemeyer art objects given to the Metropolitan Museum of Art . A native New Yorker, Louisine Waldron Elder began making adventurous...

Havemeyer, Henry Osborne

Havemeyer, Henry Osborne (1847–1907)   Reference library

Jeanne Schinto

The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

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Subject Reference
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2015

...Elder, her niece Louisine Waldron Elder became his wife. With Louise, Harry had three children and built a celebrated collection of European art, mostly Impressionist, which he pursued as aggressively as he had his sugar kingdom. (Many of his acquisitions hang in New York City’s Metropolitan Museum.) A fellow robber baron of the period, Charles L. Freer, said of Harry’s love of art: “No one can be more deeply touched by beauty than he, provided he is in a mood to enjoy it.” Bibliography Havemeyer, Harry W. Henry Osborne Havemeyer: The Most Independent...

Wilmerding, John

Wilmerding, John (1938– )   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of American Art and Artists (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2018
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Art & Architecture
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163 words

...John ( 1938–  ). Art historian and collector Grandson of Electra Webb and great-grandson of Louisine and Henry O. Havemeyer , he numbers among leading scholars of American art. Born in Boston, he was educated at Harvard University, where he completed his PhD degree in 1965 . Since 1988 a professor at Princeton University, he formerly served as a curator and administrator at the National Gallery of Art . His numerous books on American subjects include monographs on Fitz Hugh Lane , Robert Salmon , Winslow Homer , and Andrew Wyeth , as...

Sartain, Emily

Sartain, Emily (1841–1927)   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of American Art and Artists (2 ed.)

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2018
Subject:
Art & Architecture
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211 words

...Emily ( 1841–1927 ). Painter and printmaker The most prominent of John Sartain ’s artist-children, Philadelphia-born Emily Sartain played a leading role in promoting artistic education and opportunities for women. Friend of Mary Cassatt , Louisine Havemeyer , and Thomas Eakins , she studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts before traveling to Europe with Cassatt in 1871 . After a winter in Italy, she worked principally in Paris until 1875 , when she returned to Philadelphia. Progressive in her views regarding art education,...

Webb, Electra Havemeyer

Webb, Electra Havemeyer (1888–1960)   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of American Art and Artists (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2018
Subject:
Art & Architecture
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...Electra Havemeyer ( 1888–1960 ). Collector and museum founder The daughter of Louisine and Henry O. Havemeyer , in 1947 Electra Webb founded Vermont’s Shelburne Museum, which opened to the public five years later. A leading repository of American material culture, the eclectic assemblage reflects her passion for American crafts, vernacular art, and architecture. Born in Babylon, New York, on Long Island, before she turned twenty she was collecting Americana, exercising an independent taste that her parents did not understand. After her marriage...

Haight, Charles C.

Haight, Charles C. (17 March 1841)   Reference library

The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Art & Architecture
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475 words

...Central Park West, New York, the first hospital in the USA exclusively for cancer patients. The hospital, with its five round towers, was modeled on the French Renaissance château at Le Lude, Sarthe, and was planned to maximize efficient patient care. [ See also Havemeyer, Louisine . ] Bibliography M. Schuyler : “Great American Architects Series No. 6—The Works of Charles C. Haight,” Archit. Rec. (1899); repr. in Great American Architects: Series Nos 1–6, May 1895–July 1899 (New York, 1977) M. Schuyler : “ Architecture of American Colleges II:...

Cassatt, Mary

Cassatt, Mary (1844–1926)   Reference library

Bailey Van Hook

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013

...artists. Her first painting of a mother and child, in 1888 , announced a theme with which she became increasingly identified. Cassatt continued to paint until 1915 , when poor eyesight forced her to stop. Cassatt also served as art adviser to her friends Louisine and Henry O. Havemeyer , whose collection of Impressionist and old master paintings was eventually donated to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. [ See also Art ; and Gender . ] Bibliography Barter, Judith , et al. Mary Cassatt: Modern Woman . New York: Art Institute of Chicago,...

Cassatt, Mary

Cassatt, Mary   Reference library

Bailey Van Hook

The Oxford Companion to United States History

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2004
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History, Regional and National History
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265 words

...artists. Her first painting of a mother and child, in 1888 , announced a theme with which she became increasingly identified. Cassatt continued to paint until 1915 , when poor eyesight forced her to stop. Cassatt also served as art adviser to her friends Louisine and Henry O. Havemeyer , whose collection of Impressionist and old master paintings was eventually donated to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. See also Painting: To 1945 . Nancy Mowll Mathews , Mary Cassatt: A Life , 1994. Judith Barter et al. , Mary Cassatt: Modern Woman , 1998....

Impressionism, American

Impressionism, American   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of American Art and Artists (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2018
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...decorative design. In France, originating in the late 1860s, impressionism culminated in the 1870s and early 1880s. During those years, with the exception of Mary Cassatt , the only American to exhibit in the canonical impressionist exhibitions in Paris, and her friend, Louisine Havemeyer , an early collector of impressionist work, Americans almost entirely ignored the French movement. The first significant exhibition of French impressionist painting in the United States dates to 1886 , the year of the impressionists’ final group show in Paris. Although...

Collecting and dealing

Collecting and dealing   Reference library

The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art

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Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Art & Architecture
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1,990 words

...first gallery specializing in American art opened in New York. In the mid-1880s Impressionism was introduced to the USA by such dealers as Paul Durand-Ruel and, with the added encouragement of Mary Cassatt, a number of collectors such as Bertha Honoré Palmer and Henry and Louisine Havemeyer acquired notable groups of Impressionist paintings. However, although these collectors acquired substantial amounts of contemporary art, their collections still also included art of the past. By the 1890s the taste of such tycoons as Andrew W. Mellon, J. Pierpont Morgan and...

Cassatt, Mary

Cassatt, Mary (25 May 1844)   Reference library

The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art

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2011
Subject:
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...most eminent of all living American women painters” ( Current Lit ., 1909 , p. 167). She spent much of her time during these years helping her American friends build collections of avant-garde French art and works by Old Masters. Those she advised included Henry and Louisine Havemeyer , Mrs. Montgomery J. Sears , Bertha Honoré Palmer and James Stillman . Cassatt painted until 1915 and exhibited her latest work that year in the Suffrage Loan Exhibition of Old Masters and Works by Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt at the Knoedler Gallery, New York; but...

New York: patronage and collecting

New York: patronage and collecting   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Western Art

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
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Art & Architecture
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1,263 words

...led many collectors to modernism and American art. John Quinn , Walter Arensberg , and Katherine Dreier supported contemporary modern art, but earlier periods were more popular with many collectors. The Impressionists and Post-Impressionists collected by Henry and Louisine Havemeyer , Adolph and Sam Lewisohn , and Robert Lehman were destined for the Metropolitan Museum, which had become the world's wealthiest museum by the 1920s. However, its conservatism led patrons of modern art to look for alternatives. While John D. Rockefeller Jr.'s ...

Cassatt, Mary

Cassatt, Mary (1844–1926)   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of American Art and Artists (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2018
Subject:
Art & Architecture
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990 words

...time. Despite prolonged absence abroad, she established a considerable reputation at home through contacts with traveling Americans and exhibitions in the United States. She also influenced American taste by advising several important collectors, notably her good friend Louisine Havemeyer . Born in Allegheny City (now part of Pittsburgh), Mary Stevenson Cassatt lived as a small child on an estate near Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and then in Philadelphia. Between 1851 and their return to the Philadelphia area in 1855 , she lived with her family in Paris, Heidelberg...

Impressionism

Impressionism   Reference library

The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art

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Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Art & Architecture
Length:
1,651 words
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1

...in 1880 , 1881 and 1886 . Her Impressionist works had little direct influence on the development of American Impressionism, because only a few were shown in the USA. However, she did help to promote French Impressionism by convincing her American friends, including Louisine Havemeyer , to purchase pictures by Degas and others. Like Cassatt, John Singer Sargent was an expatriate artist who had a close relationship with one of the French Impressionists—Claude Monet—whom he first met in 1876 . After spending an intense period with Monet in the...

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