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Tom Thomson Launched


Tom Thomson. Woodland Interior-Fall, 1914

Tom Thomson Catalogue Raisonné Uses panOpticon Tools

“In 1970, I began this catalogue raisonné of Thomson’s work and I have continued it until 2009. As I worked, I became convinced that Thomson’s achievement had the almost too classic prerequisites of greatness: an indelible yet flexible visual style that extended the past, reflected its own time, and stayed fresh and relevant as it moved into the future. During these decades, I found that what I considered the value of his work changed for me. At times Thomson’s enormous gifts for colour and composition, bolstered by an underlying urgency, seemed most pertinent to the triumphant progress of Abstraction, and to Expressionism, as it once again became part of the stylistic mix of younger artists. Later, the life he lived in nature came to seem of importance: I noticed that many contemporary artists embraced the landscape almost as part of their calling.

“From 1970 on, I had the work of Thomson in private collections brought into the Art Gallery of Ontario to be photographed. In examining this material, and the Gallery collection of works by Thomson, I found myself fascinated with the inscriptions (often written by Dr. J.M. MacCallum, Thomson’s great patron and friend), on the backs of works and I began to believe they were important to the record. After I left the Gallery and became Director of The Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa from 1974 to 2000, and afterwards, I continued to record Thomson inscriptions and labels wherever I could, especially in works as they appeared at auction and in private collections. Even in 2009, incredibly it seemed to me, genuine Thomsons came my way to be recorded. Like every cataloguer who attempts omnipotence, the discovery of this work helped me realize my shortcomings. I would like to believe that I have included all the works by Tom Thomson that exist, but I realize that the field is open. New material will show up with time.”

Tom Thomson Catalogue Raisonné – researched and written by Joan Murray

Above: Tom Thomson. Woodland Interior-Fall. Fall 1914. Oil on composite wood-pulp board. 8 9/16 x 10 9/16 in. (21.7 x 26.9 cm). Thomson Collection @ Art Gallery of Ontario.

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Torres-García Catalogue Launched


Arthur Dove, Plant Forms, 1911–12

Joaquín Torres-García Online Catalogue – a First

The Joaquín Torres-García Catalogue Raisonné is the first online scholarly resource dedicated to the paintings and sculptures of the Uruguayan modernist artist (1874–1949). Gathered together for the first time, the information in this unique website affords scholars, collectors, and the general public never-before access to Torres-García’s expansive artistic production.

The website provides a comprehensive experience of the artist’s works, exhibitions and publications, as well as a chronology of his life and career—all liberally illustrated and linked to new digital images and related documentary materials. All the published materials in this online catalogue are free and accessible to anyone who registers.

The Joaquín Torres-García Catalogue Raisonné represents the culmination of over forty years of study led by Cecilia de Torres. Investigation about the artist remains ongoing, and is regularly reviewed and updated as research continues.

The website was designed by panOpticon who worked closely with the authors. The visually stunning and fully integrated site includes innovative features such as links between the works, the collections, the exhibitions and the published references; advanced filtering and search capabilities; the capacity to look at the works in sizes relative one to the other; as well as the ability for the user to see early exhibitions virtually recreated.

Above: Joaquín Torres-García in his Montevideo studio, c.1939.

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New Online Cézanne Launched


Paul Cézanne. La Montagne Sainte-Victoire vue du chemin de Valcros,

all the paintings of Paul Cézanne together at last in one place online

The Paintings of Paul Cézanne: An Online Catalogue Raisonné was officially launched on November 21st. The website takes Cézanne scholarship in new directions, while all the known paintings are being made available in color for the first time. The catalogue will benefit students, scholars, curators, collectors, galleries, and auction houses as well as anyone who wants to learn more about one of the most revered and influential painters of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Two of the catalogue’s three authors, Jayne Warman and Walter Feilchenfeldt, worked with John Rewald on the 1996 print version of the catalogue raisonné. But, it was co-author David Nash’s innovative idea four years ago to re-publish all the works in color. His initial idea of producing a printed full-color supplement to the print catalogue rapidly gave way to the more ambitious project of updating and revising the Rewald catalogue and putting the new research online.

The website was designed by panOpticon. What began as an extensive database evolved into a comprehensive online experience. Working closely with the authors, Roger Shepherd and Susannah Shepherd have created a visually stunning and fully integrated site with innovative features such as links between the works, the collections, the exhibitions and the published references; advanced filtering and search capabilities, including a powerful set of keywords in English and French; the capacity to see all the paintings in sizes relative one to the other; as well as the ability for the user to see early exhibitions virtually recreated.

See ARTnews “Cézanne Painting Catalogue Raisonné is Now Available Online.”

Above: Paul Cézanne. La Montagne Sainte-Victoire vue du chemin de Valcros, 1878–79, oil on canvas, Pushkin Museum, Moscow.

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Lane Website Receives NEA


Arthur Dove, Plant Forms, 1911–12

Fitz Henry Lane Online Catalogue Receives Grant from the NEA

The Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, Massachusetts is among the 2014 Grant recipients recently announced by the National Endowment for the Arts. The Museum is receiving funds

“to support development of the website, Fitz Henry Lane Online. This free and interactive searchable database will center on the paintings of 19th Century American painter Fitz Henry Lane (1804–65). Using the art objects as its foundation, the website will enable the viewer to explore the social, commercial, maritime, and artistic history of mid-19th Century New England by bringing together rare documents, high-quality images, and links to external resources from the collections of several different institutions.”

This important website is also receiving generous support from the Andrew and Betsy Wyeth Foundation for American Art.

panOpticon is proudly designing and building the Fitz Henry Lane website.

Learn more about the project.

Above: Fitz Henry Lane, Gloucester Harbor at Sunrise (detail), c.1850, oil on canvas,
Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester, Mass., Gift of Judge Lawrence Brooks, 1970

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panOpticon has developed innovative digital cataloging tools and a range of effective ways to make cultural content available for use online. Whether you are starting a catalogue from scratch, or looking for a more robust product for your current data, we have a software package that will meet your needs. Contact us to schedule a demonstration.

Check out our blog — catalog(ue) — a forum whose purpose is to help close the gap between traditional cataloging practices and the challenges we face when we use developing digital technologies to publish online.