Books References about Western Pennsylvania Art and Artists


The references here list some of the important books or catalogues for Western Pennsylvania art. Andy Warhol and Mary Cassatt are not included because the fame of both does not linger within their hometown and numerous books and articles can be found about them with a single click from google.

General information

1. Gerdts, William H. Art Across America: Two Centuries of Regional Painting in America,1710-1920. (Vol. 1, pp.262-301 is on the art of Western Pennsylvania.)

2. Mc Collough, Jean. Art in Nineteenth Century Pittsburgh.

3. Chew, Paul A. Geo. Hetzel and the Scalp Level Tradition: George Hetzel Retrospective and the Scalp Level Artists Exhibition.


David Gilmore Blythe
1. Works by David Blythe, 1815-1865.
2. Chambers, Bruce W. The World of David Gilmour Blythe (1815-1865)
3. Dwyer, Britta Christina. A New Iconography of Blythe’s Paintings: The Interaction of Blythe and His Patron, Charles William Batchelor.
4. Miller, Dorothy. The Life and Work of David G. Blythe

Aaron Gorson
1. Youngner, Rina, The Artist Looks at Industrial Pittsburgh, 1836-1993.
2. Youngner, Rina, C. Paintings and Graphic Images of Industry in Nineteenth-Century Pittsburgh:A Study of the Relationship between Art and Industry. Ph. D. dissertation
3. Youngner, Rina, The Power and the Glory: Pittsburgh Industrial Landscapes by Aaron HarryGorson.

John Kane
1. Arkus, Leon Anthony. John Kane, Painter.
2. John Kane: Modern America’s First Folk Painter.
3. Kane, John. Shy Hooks; The Autobiography of John Kane.

Other Artists in Pittsburgh and Western Pensylvania
1. An Exhibition of the Work of Joseph R. Woodwell (Exhibition Catalogue)
2. Nama, Sigrid. Martin B. Leisser and the Life Class in Pittsburgh.
3. Olds, Marion Knowles. John Wesley Beatty: Artist and Cultural Influence in Pittsburgh.
4. Russell Smith (1812-1896, Xanthus Smith (1839-1929): Pennsylvania Landscapes, 1834-1892.

About Hui

Wang Hui lived from 1632 - 1717 and followed in the footprints of his great grandfathers, grandfather, father and uncles and learned painting at a very early age. He was later taught by two contemporary masters, Zhang Ke and Wang Shimin, who taught him to work in the tradition of copying famous Chinese paintings. This is most likely the reason why critics claim that his work is conservative and reflects the Yuan and Song traditions. One critic claimed that "his landscape paintings reflect his nostalgic attachment to classical Chinese aesthetics. Along with the other Wangs, Wang Hui helped to perpetuate the tradition of copying the ancient masters rather than creating original work.


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