"The Vickers Collection is wonderfully rich, remarkably deep, and filled with the most delightful surprises."--Nicolai Cikovsky, National Gallery of Art
Celebrating Florida presents for the first time a full-color collection of 66 important paintings, drawings, and prints of Florida-based art.
Featuring such artists as Winslow Homer, Louis Comfort Tiffany, George Inness, William Glackens, Martin Johnson Heade, Frank Shapleigh, and Herman Herzog, the book highlights some of the world's most significant artists, who came to Florida from 1823 to 1950 to capture the Sunshine State.
Essays by noted historians Wendell Garrett and Erik Robinson discuss the settlement of Florida and its birth as a state in 1845. Additional essays present an aesthetic, historical, social, and cultural overview of the significance of the art as well as biographical information about each artist.
Celebrating Florida is a Sesquicentennial publication, part of the celebration of 150 years of Florida statehood.
Gary R. Libby is director of the Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach, Florida. He has served as contributing editor to Southwest Art Magazine and International Fine Art Collector Magazine. Wendell Garrett is senior vice president of American Decorative Arts at Sotheby's, New York City. Nicolai Cikovsky is curator of American and British painting at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Erik Robinson is historian at the Museum of Florida History, Tallahassee, Florida.
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"Combined, these essays and color prints provide a variegated portrait, not only of Florida's history, but of the nation's sense of a Florida mythos. Florida as the nation's tropical wilderness, its Fountain of Youth and its Garden of Eden."
--Tropical Breeze (Pinellas County)
"Don't miss the thrill of enjoying this fabulous publication! You will wonder how the pubisher ever offered it at such an affordable price. Sixty-six artists and their works are included."
--News-Chief (Polk County, FL)
"a record of unspoiled Florida as seen through the eyes of important American artists between 1840 and 1950."
--Palm Beach Illustrated
"a fine regional collection."
--Bookwatch (Petaluma, CA)