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In Pursuit of Beauty: Americans and the Aesthetic Movement

In Pursuit of Beauty: Americans and the Aesthetic Movement

Burke, Doreen Bolger, et al.
512 pages
419 illustrations
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Director's Foreword by Philippe de Montebello
Lenders to the Exhibition
Explanatory Notes


Artifact as Ideology: The Aesthetic Movement in its American Cultural Context
Roger B. Stein

Decorating Surfaces: Aesthetic Delight, Theoretical Dilemma
Catherine Lynn

Surface Ornament: Wallpapers, Carpets, Textiles, and Embroidery
Catherine Lynn

The Artful Interior
Marilynn Johnson

Art Furniture: Wedding the Beautiful to the Useful
Marilynn Johnson

A New Renaissance: Stained Glass in the Aesthetic Period
Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen

Aesthetic Forms in Ceramic and Glass
Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen

Metalwork: An Ecclectic Aesthetic
David A. Hanks with Jennifer Toher

Painters and Sculptors in a Decorative Age
Doreen Bolger Burke

American Architecture and the Aesthetic Movement
James D. Kornwolf

An Aesthetics of our Own: American Writers and the Aesthetic Movement
Jonathan Freedman

Dictionary of Architects, Artisans, Artists, and Manufacturers
Catherine Hoover Voorsanger

Selected Bibliography
Photograph Credits

Met Art in Publication

The Artist's Wife and His Setter Dog, Thomas Eakins  American, Oil on canvas, American
Thomas Eakins
ca. 1884–89
John Henry Twachtman
Harriet Prescott Spofford
Charles Locke Eastlake
Daffodil textile, Candace Wheeler  American, Printed and woven cotton velvet, American
Candace Wheeler
Bees-and-honeycomb textile, Candace Wheeler  American, Silk and wool, woven, American
Candace Wheeler
ca. 1883
Tulips panel, Candace Wheeler  American, Silk and metallic cloth appliqued with silk velvet and embroidered with silk and metallic-wrapped cotton threads, American
Candace Wheeler
Irises panel, Candace Wheeler  American, Silk embroidered with silk and metallic-wrapped cotton threads, metal sequins, and cut-glass beads, American
Candace Wheeler
Quilt (or decorative throw), Crazy pattern, Tamar Horton Harris North  American, Silk, silk velvet, cotton, and cotton lace, American
Tamar Horton Harris North
ca. 1877
Library Table, Herter Brothers  American, Rosewood, brass, mother-of-pearl, and abalone, American
Herter Brothers
The Backgammon Players, Philip Webb  British, Painted pine, oil paint on leather, brass, copper, British
Philip Webb
Cabinet, Daniel Pabst  American, born Germany, Walnut, maple, white pine, glass, American
Daniel Pabst
ca. 1877–80
The House Beautiful, Essays on Beds and Tables, Stools and Candlesticks, Clarence Cook  American, Illustrations: color lithographs and wood engraving
Clarence Cook
Hanging Key Cabinet, Kimbel and Cabus  American, Oak, American
Kimbel and Cabus
ca. 1874
Bedstead from the Henry Gurdon Marquand House, New York City, Bird's-eye maple, maple, and tulip poplar, American
Table, Bird's-eye maple, maple, tulip poplar, American
Wardrobe, Herter Brothers  American, Cherry, American
Herter Brothers
Peonies Blown in the Wind, John La Farge  American, Leaded opalescent glass, American
John La Farge
ca. 1880
Writing box, Lacquer with gold, mother-of-pearl inlay, Japan
18th century
Gourd-Shaped Bottle with Lotuses
, Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under and colored enamels over transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware), China
mid-16th century
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Bolger, Doreen, and Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.), eds. 1986. In Pursuit of Beauty: Americans and the Aesthetic Movement. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art : Rizzoli.