"Two Centuries of American Still-Life Painting: The Frank and Michelle Hevrdejs Collection"
Foreword by Gary Tinterow
Statement from the Collector by Frank J. Hevrdejs
Essays by William H. Gerdts
Showcasing a treasured private collection amassed over several decades, this publication represents the beauty and complexity of still-life painting in the United States. More than sixty-five works from the Hevrdejs collection, many of which have never been on public view, are accompanied by comprehensive and accessible explanations that contextualize their role in the ongoing development of the genre.
Featuring works by prominent and diverse artists such as Raphaelle Peale, Martin Johnson Heade, William Michael Harnett, William Merritt Chase, Thomas Hart Benton, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Andrew Wyeth, this study expands the overall notion of the still-life by examining its use in a variety of painting styles from the early nineteenth century to the present day.
With an essay and entries by William H. Gerdts, the preeminent scholar of American still-life painting, and lavish color illustrations, this book demonstrates why the genre has been compelling preoccupation for American artists for over two centuries.
This book accompanies the exhibition Two Centuries of American Still Life Painting: The Frank and Michelle Hevrdejs Collection which appeared at the Tacoma Art Museum from October 2017 to January 2018.