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Impressions of InteriorsGilded Age Paintings by Walter Gay

By Isabel L. Taube, with contributions by Priscilla Vail Caldwell, Nina R. Gray, and Sarah J. Hall. Edited by Sarah J. Hall and Emilia S. Boehm

Published by GILES in association with The Frick Art & Historical Center, Pittsburgh

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Published — October 2012 (UK and USA)

Dimensions — 224 pages, 305 × 229 mm, (9 × 12 in)

Illustrations — 105 colour and 20 b&w

Format — Hardback

Price — UK£34.95 / US$55.00

ISBN — 978-1-907804-08-3

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"allows the reader to absorb each image and contemplate the context in which they were created. This attention to detailed analysis is all too rare in the twenty-first century museum catalogues; perhaps this will be a harbinger of changes to come" Janet L. Whitmore, Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide "His images captured the heady experience of entering rooms" Eve Kahn, The New York Times "'I was searching for the spirit of empty rooms,' wrote artist Walter Gay, and this comprehensive, beautifully illustrated book proves he found it" Doris Athineos, Traditional Home "beautifully illustrated" Antiques and Fine Art "captures and interprets Gay's vision in this splendidly visual account" Caviar Affair

About the Book

Presenting 70 works from public and private collections, this beautifully illustrated volume offers the opportunity to re-evaluate the American artist Walter Gay’s depiction of “empty” rooms, filled with furniture but with no human presence. Walter Gay (1856 -1937) was a highly accomplished artist, collector and tastemaker. He and his wife Matilda lived in Paris for much of their life and enjoyed a leading role in stylish society; many of the interiors that he painted, with their 18th-century French furnishings, were rooms in their own homes, or those of friends. Awarded a gold medal at the Paris Salon in 1888, it is the poetic rooms that form the basis of Gay’s legacy. Three essays explore his career, his reputation within the art market, his place in the history of American collecting; and the importance of interior decoration to Walter and Matilda Gay, along with the influence of leading contemporaries such as Edith Wharton. This new title has a strong appeal beyond art lovers to include interior designers and decorators, as well as architects and those in architectural conservation.The “go-to” volume on the work of Walter Gay, it fills a yawning gulf in published scholarship on the artist.

About the Author(s)

Isabel L. Taube, PhD, an art historian at the School of Visual Arts, New York, is a specialist in 19th-century American painting and a frequent contributor to the online journal Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide. She has done extensive research and writing on the depiction of interiors, including her dissertation Rooms of Memory: The Artful Interior in American Painting. Nina R. Gray is an independent curator and leading expert on late 19th century decorative arts and material culture and the author of “Tiffany’s Contemporaries, The Evolution of the American Interior Decorator” in Louis Comfort Tiffany, Artist for the Ages (2005). Priscilla Vail Caldwell is an independent curator and advisor. Formerly the Vice President of Graham Gallery, New York she has organized numerous shows of Walter Gay's work and authored the 2003 publication Walter Gay: Poèmes d'Interieurs. Sarah J. Hall is the director of Curatorial Affairs at the Frick Art & Historical Center, Pittsburgh, and co-author of Steel: Pittsburgh Drawings by Craig McPherson (2008)