Eastman Johnson CR launched

Eastman Johnson

A website that reveals a variety of perspectives on a seminal figure in American art
THE EASTMAN JOHNSON CATALOGUE RAISONNÉ IS LAUNCHED

Founded and directed by Dr. Patricia Hills, project managed by Abigael MacGibeny, and stewarded by the National Academy of Design in New York, the Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné (EJCR) is based on Dr. Hills’s decades-long research on Johnson’s artwork, which dates to the 1972 monographic exhibition of his work at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

The result of Dr. Hills’s lifelong research on Eastman Johnson (1824–1906), the Catalogue Raisonné provides open access to the artist’s nearly 1,500 works for scholars, students, and art lovers across the globe.

The EJCR website provides primary information on paintings by Johnson, and will subsequently incorporate his drawings and prints. According to Dr. Hills, “This information will not only aid in the connoisseurship of Johnson’s art, but will provide a multifaceted lens for examining the history of American art.” More than 900 of Johnson’s paintings are organized thematically and catalogued with their titles, dates, mediums, dimensions, inscriptions, current owners, provenance, exhibition history, and bibliography. Many of the entries also feature quotes from historical sources, remarks by Dr. Hills and Ms. MacGibeny that provide insight into the works, and Dr. Hills’s examination notes and opinion letters.

The  website offers a comprehensive view of the works of Johnson and a unique insight into the cultural topics and historical events that inform, and are informed by, his art. In addition to providing primary data on the artist’s known artworks, the site will explore Johnson’s relevance today through essays on the representations of First Peoples; the visual culture of the Civil War; images of Black Americans that reject stereotypes; the agrarian communal ideal; and depictions of women suggesting rich interior lives.

The National Academy of Design is the long-term steward of the EJCR, managing future updates and keeping it available to the public in perpetuity. The Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné has been made possible with support from Boston University, the Wyeth Foundation for American Art, the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, the National Academy of Design, and the Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts. Private collectors also have been generous contributors to the Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné Endowment Fund. The EJCR website was developed by panOpticon, whose specialized catalogue raisonné platform enables the digital collection and presentation of this rich content.

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Above:
Eastman Johnson
Self-Portrait
1859–60
Oil on canvas
30 3/8 x 25 in. (77.2 x 63.5 cm)
Collection of the National Academy of Design, New York
Photo: National Academy of Design, New York

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