From Library Journal
This volume is the catalog of an exhibition at the National Museum of American Art that will run through August. The images gathered hereAphotographs and paintings created between 1865 and 1945Aare emblematic of the region, confirming a New England of icy winters, stoic folk, a rocky coast, and soft hills as a backdrop to clapboard houses and a white church with its lofty steeple as a community compass point. Exuding easy comfort, these images confirm our sense of New England as a place of enduring waysAand a place where endurance is held in the highest regard. The works are presented in chronological order and end with a chapter, "Yankee Modernism," that proves the sturdy notion of "Yankee"Aas in "hard work, thrift, and self-reliance"Adoes not feel at ease with modernism's abandon, skewed images, and confident disregard for the past. Essential for regional collections and recommended for larger collections elsewhere.ADavid Bryant, New Canaan Lib., CT
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