A Private View: American Paintings from the Manoogian Collection


Helen A. Cooper and Nancy Rivard Shaw

With Julia Alexander, Brian T. Allen, Bethany Astrachan, Martin A. Berger, Robin Jaffee Frank, Beth A. Handler, Alison Tilghman, James W. Tottis, Karl Emil Willers, and Mary Adair Woodall

According to the curators of this intimate exhibition, this collection “reveals Richard and Jane Manoogian’s taste for objects that convey a sense of serenity and the optimism and promise of an earlier age.” Paintings that the collectors hung in their own home are represented, including work by Childe Hassam, William Merritt Chase, and John Frederick Peto, along with the 16 Gems of Brazil (15 hummingbirds, one butterfly) painted by Martin Johnson Heade in 1863–64. Descriptions of each work offer insight into the circumstances under which they were made, and beautiful color illustrations further bring the paintings to life. Biographies of each featured artist are also provided.