Monday, October 22, 2012
Walter Gay - Impressions of Interiors
In the midst of all of the blockbuster fall book releases, there is one book that I hope will not be overlooked. Titled Impressions of Interiors: Gilded Age Paintings by Walter Gay, the book is an informative, but more importantly interesting, overview of the work of the late, esteemed interior illustrator.
Written chiefly by Isabel Taube as a companion catalogue to The Frick Art & Historical Center's exhibition of the same name, the book provides an engaging overview of Gay's oil renderings of both European and American interiors. There is an entire chapter devoted to Gay's paintings of his own homes, including Château du Bréau, as well as other chapters that profile Gay's studies of the homes of friends and patrons. Also included is an enlightening essay on the style of interior decoration that was most often seen in Gay's work, something that provides context for Gay's charming paintings.
I know that many of you collect (or hope to someday collect) interior illustrations, so I do hope that you'll visit The Frick's exhibition if you're in the Pittsburgh vicinity. And by all means, get a copy of this book! It will only help to fuel your passion for this exquisite form of illustration.
Symphonie en Blanc (Château du Bréau)
Interior of the Bedroom of the Château du Bréau, c. 1912
The Artist's Study, rue de l'Université, c. 1910
Antechamber of Marie-Antoinette, Château de Fontainebleau
The Green Lacquer Room, Museo Correr, Venice, 1912/22
All images courtesy of Impressions of Interiors: Gilded Age Paintings by Walter Gay, Isabel Taube author. D Giles Ltd, 2012