Book of Pictures

  • Kenyon Cox, Book of Pictures, 1910-1917, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Allyn Cox, 1959.10.2

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Kenyon Cox was as much an art critic as a painter. He contributed articles to prestigious magazines such as The Nation and Scribner’s, and much of his writing dealt with the power of art to speak a universal language. His Raphael-inspired Book of Pictures, of a mother showing her child an illustrated book, represents this conviction. In the early years of the twentieth century, many Americans learned about European art through mass-produced images in books and magazines. Cox advocated using such means to encourage lessons of good taste that would extend into all aspects of American life. (Morgan, Kenyon Cox, 1856-1919: A Life in American Art, 1994)
Title
Book of Pictures
Artist
Date
1910-1917
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
29 7/8 x 36 in. (76.0 x 91.5 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Allyn Cox

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure group – female and child
  • Recreation – leisure – reading
  • Object – written matter – book
Object Number
1959.10.2
Palette
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