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UK £40.00
US $70.00
Hardback with jacket
304 pages
180 illustrations
25.6 x 21.2 cm (10.25 x 8.5 in)
ISBN: 978-1-8589-4682-5
American Art
Collecting and Connoisseurship

General Editor: Stephen M. Sessler

Foreword by Elizabeth Broun

For the serious collector and connoisseur of American art of the 19th and 20th centuries, this illuminating series of essays will be invaluable. Twenty-eight chapters, each written by an acknowledged expert in their field, offer thought-provoking examinations of a wide variety of topics. The book is divided into three sections. Part I, ‘The Historical Overview’, explores subjects ranging from the Hudson River School to the art of the American West, American artists in Europe, American Impressionism, modernism, African American art, and the major artists John Sloan, Everett Shinn, Marsden Hartley, Stuart Davis, Arshile Gorky, John Graham, Willem de Kooning and Guy Pène du Bois. Part II deals with ‘Connoisseurship and the Collector’, and covers such topics as developing an instinct for quality; dealing in fine art; conservation; choosing wisely in making a collection; researching paintings you may be considering acquiring; the role of qualified art advisers; the anatomy of an auction; and legal issues when buying and selling art. Featured in these discussions are prominent collectors who have contributed so greatly to the American art scene over many years. Part III is devoted to ‘Changes in the Art Market’. Here the authors consider, among other subject matter, ways of connecting historical American art and the modern world; why galleries matter; and shifting tastes in American art.


Provides a unique insider’s view of art collecting, buying and selling, valuation, conservation and legal issues

Written by acknowledged experts, including curators and gallery owners, covering a wide range of topics on historical American art

An essential guide for the new and the experienced collector alike


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Author Profiles

Stephen M. Sessler is the founder and President of the Atlanta Art Forum, an organization dedicated to education in the fields of collecting and the connoisseurship of historical American art. With his wife, Linda, he has been an active collector of such art for many years. 


Elizabeth Broun, PhD, is Director Emerita of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC. She is currently on the board of directors of the Henry Luce Foundation and the Olana Partnership, and serves as Visual Art Adviser to the Kennedy Center for its expansion project, The Reach.


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