The Musée du Louvre recently opened American Encounters: The Simple Pleasures of Still Life, an exhibition of American still-life paintings from the collections of the Louvre, the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, the High Museum of Art, and the Terra Foundation for American Art. This is the final installment in a series of touring exhibitions between the four organizations. The two previous exhibitions in the American Encounters series—Genre Painting and Everyday Life and Anglo-American Portraiture in an Era of Revolution—have concluded their tours. But we can still enjoy the artworks through their accompanying catalogues.
Genre Painting and Everyday Life looks at mid-nineteenth-century paintings showing scenes of everyday life in America. Terra Foundation curator Peter John Brownlee provides a detailed essay accompanied by paintings by Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait, George Caleb Bingham, and others. Anglo-American Portraiture in an Era of Revolution features an essay by former Crystal Bridges curator Kevin M. Murphy that focuses on important portraits made in eighteenth-century America and Britain, and includes three portraits of George Washington. The final catalogue, The Simple Pleasures of Still Life, examines still-life paintings by American and European artists such as Raphaelle Peale and Abraham Mignon, with an essay by Stephanie Mayer Heydt, curator at the High Museum.
Each catalogue was designed by Zach Hooker and produced by Marquand Books. The books are distributed by the University of Washington Press. Visit their website to purchase copies. French-language editions of each volume were also produced.
American Encounters: The Simple Pleasures of Still Life is on view at the Louvre through April 28 and will travel to the Crystal Bridges in May and the High in September.
Photography by Jeremy Linden