Colin Bailey

Graham S. Haber

Colin B. Bailey

Colin B. Bailey is the Katherine J. Rayner Director of the Morgan Library and Museum. His books include Patriotic Taste: Collecting Modern Art in Pre-Revolutionary Paris and Renoir: Impressionism and Full-Length Painting. (June 2024)

Dreams of Painting Walls

Dreams of Painting Walls

Two new books document the centrality of decoration for the Impressionists, both in commissions for houses and public buildings and more broadly as a founding principle of the movement.

La Peinture impressionniste et la décoration [Impressionist Painting and Decoration]

by Marine Kisiel

Le Décor impressionniste: aux sources des Nymphéas [Impressionist Decor: The Sources of the Water Lilies]

an exhibition at the Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris, March 2–July 11, 2022

May 11, 2023 issue

Masterpieces Unmediated

Masterpieces Unmediated

The installation of the Frick Collection in Marcel Breuer’s Brutalist building is satisfying, elegant, thoughtful, and respectful at every turn.

The Sleeve Should Be Illegal and Other Reflections on Art at the Frick

edited by Michaelyn Mitchell, with a foreword by Adam Gopnik

Holbein’s Sir Thomas More

by Hilary Mantel and Xavier F. Salomon

Constable’s White Horse

by William Kentridge and Aimee Ng

Rembrandt’s Polish Rider

by Maira Kalman and Xavier F. Salomon

Vermeer’s Mistress and Maid

by James Ivory and Margaret Iacono

Gouthière’s Candelabras

by Edmund de Waal and Charlotte Vignon

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May 13, 2021 issue

In Plain Sight

In Plain Sight

Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today

an exhibition at the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York City, October 24, 2018–February 10, 2019

Le Modèle noir de Géricault à Matisse

an exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, March 26–July 21, 2019; and the Mémorial ACTe, Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe, September 13–December 29, 2019

December 19, 2019 issue

The Rake’s Progress

The Rake’s Progress

Casanova’s Europe: Art, Pleasure, and Power in the Eighteenth Century

an exhibition at the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, August 27–December 31, 2017; the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, February 10–May 28, 2018; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, July 8–October 8, 2018

Casanova: The Seduction of Europe

Catalog of the exhibition edited by Frederick Ilchman, Thomas Michie, C.D. Dickerson III, and Esther Bell

September 27, 2018 issue

The Steely Connoisseur

The Steely Connoisseur

21 rue La Boétie

an exhibition at the Musée de La Boverie de Liège, September 22, 2016–February 19, 2017; and the Musée Maillol, Paris, March 2–July 23, 2017

November 23, 2017 issue

Fragonard: The Heights of Drawing

Fragonard: The Heights of Drawing

Fragonard: Drawing Triumphant—Works from New York Collections

an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, October 6, 2016–January 8, 2017

February 9, 2017 issue

Hubert Robert & the Joy of Ruins

Hubert Robert & the Joy of Ruins

Hubert Robert, 1733–1808

an exhibition at the Musée du Louvre, Paris, March 9–May 30, 2016; and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., June 26–October 2, 2016

October 13, 2016 issue

How He Ruled Art

How He Ruled Art

Paul Durand-Ruel: Memoirs of the First Impressionist Art Dealer (1831–1922)

revised, corrected, and annotated by Paul-Louis Durand-Ruel and Flavie Durand-Ruel, and translated from the French by Deke Dusinberre

Inventing Impressionism: Paul Durand-Ruel and the Modern Art Market

Catalog of a recent exhibition at the Musée du Luxembourg, Paris, the National Gallery, London, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art

December 3, 2015 issue

The Floating Studio

The Floating Studio

Manet Paints Monet: A Summer in Argenteuil

by Willibald Sauerländer, translated from the German by David Dollenmayer

April 23, 2015 issue

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