2013 in review

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Icons of Style: Your Library Guide

IconsOfStyleIcons of Style
at The Ringling October 4, 2013-January 5, 2014. This exhibition celebrates the interconnected roles of fashion’s makers, the models who wear their designs, and the media that disseminate those looks to the world. Drawing on the MFA Boston’s rich collection of costumes, fashion illustration, and photography, the exhibition will explore the process of creating icons of style from design concept to runway and finished image.


Beaton, Cecil. The glass of Fashion. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1954.

Bergé. Pierre and Yves Saint Laurent.  Yves Saint Laurent.  New York: Universe/Vendome, 1997.

Blackman, Cally.  100 years of Fashion Illustration. London: Laurence King, 2007.

Bott, Daniéle. Chanel: collections and creations. London: Thames & Hudson, 2007.

Savignon, Jéromine, et al.  Yves Saint Laurent.  New York: Abrams, 2010.

Cullerton, Brenda and Geoffrey Beene.  Geoffrey Beene: the anatomy of his work. New York: Abrams, 1995.

Design Museum.  Fifty dresses that changed the world.  London: Conran Octopus Publications, 2009.

Deslandres, Yvonne and Dorthée Lalanne.  Poiret: Paul Poiret, 1899-1944.  New York: Rizzoli, 1987.

Dior, Christian. Little Dictionary of Fashion.  London: Cassell, 1954.

Gross, Michael.  Genuine authentic: the real life of Ralph Lauren.  New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 2003.

Gundle, Stephen. Glamour: a history. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. 

Gunter, Howard.  Gowns by Adrian: the MGM years 1928-1941. New York: H. N. Abrams, 2001.

Haedrich, Marcel pseud. Coco Chanel: her life, her secrets. Boston, Little, Brown, 1972.

Jakubowicz, Florence.   Givenchy: 40 years of creation.  Paris: Paris-Musées, 1991.

Koda, Harold. Poiret. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2007.

Längle, Elizabeth. Pierre Cardin: fifty years of Fashion and Design.  New York: Vendome, 2005.

McDowell, Colin.  Ralph Lauren: the man, the vision, the style.  New York: Rizzoli, 2003.

Medes, Valerie D. and Amy La Haye.  Fashion since 1900. 2nd ed. London: Thames & Hudson, 2010.

Mitchell, Mary. Drawn to fashion: Illustrating three decades of fashion. Lincoln, NB: University of Nebraska Press.

Mulcahy, Susan.  Drawing Fashion: the art of Kenneth Paul Block. New York: Pointed Leaf, 2007.

Neimark, Ira.  The rise of fashion and lessons learned at Bergdorf Goodman.  New York: Fairchild Publications, 2011.

Pellé, Marie Paule and Patrick Maureis. Valentino’s Magic. New York: Abbeville Press, 1990.

Ponchna, Marie France. Christian Dior: the man who made the world look new.  New York: Arcade Pub., 1996.

Reed, Walt.  The Illustrator in America, 1900-1960’s. New York: Reinhold Publishing, 1967.

Saint, Laurent Yves. Yves Saint Laurent: images of design, 1958-1988.  New York: Knopf, 1988.

Sprague, Laurie.  WWD: 100 years, 100 Designers.  New York: Fairchild Books, 2011.

Stelle, Valerie.  Fashion, Italian style. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2003.

Tapert, Annette and Diana Edkins. The power of style: the women who defined the art of living well. New York: Crown, 1994.

Torre. Rosemary.  20th century Fashion illustration: the feminine ideal. Mineola, NY: Dover, 2011.

Weill, Alain. Parisian fashion = La Mode Parisienne: La Gazetter Du Bon Ton, 1912-1925. Paris: Bibliotheque de L’image, 2000.

Related Films
Christian Dior, the man behind the myth (2011).  Philippe Lanfranchi (director). French Connection Films.  DVD
Coco before Chanel (2009). Audrey Tautou, Benoit Poelyoorde, Anne Fontaine (director).  Sony Pictures Classic. DVD
Coco Chanel (2008). Shirley MacLaine, Brigitte Boucher, Christian Duguay (director).  Screen Media. DVD
In Vogue: the editor’s eye (2013).  Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato (director).  HBO  DVD
Ralph Lauren (2007).  Elizabeth Uss, Jennifer Cipperly.  Designer marathon series, v. 2, no. 4.  Videofashion Network. DV
The September Issue (2009) Anna Wintour.  Lionsgate Home Entertainment.  DVD
Valentino: the last Emperor (2009).  Valentino, Giancarlo Giammetti, Matt Tyrnauer  (director). Phase 4 Films, 2009.  DVD
Yves Saint Laurent – his life and times/5 Avenue Marceau 75116 Paris (2007).  Pierre Berge, Catherine Deneuve, David Teboul (director).  First Run Features. DVD.
Valentino: the last Emperor (2009).  Valentino, Giancarlo Giammetti, Matt Tyrnauer (director). Phase 4 Films, 2009.  DVD
Online Resources
Geoffrey Beene: http://www.geoffreybeene.com/company.html
Bill Blass: http://www.billblass.com/collection.php
Boston Museum of Art: http://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/icons-style
Pierre Cardin: http://www.pierrecardin.com
Oleg Cassini: http://www.olegcassini.com/
House of Chanel: http://www.chanel.com/
House of Dior: http://www.dior.com/
Givenchy: http://www.givenchy.com/
Karl Lagerfeld: http://www.karl.com/
Isaac Mizrahi: http://www.isaacmizrahiny.com/
Oscar de la Renta: http://www.oscardelarenta.com/
Valentino: http://www.valentino.com
Versace: http://us.versace.com/
Yves Saint Laurent: http://www.ysl.com/
Museum Resources
The Ringling Special exhibitions:

The Boston Museum of Fine Arts:

Contact Us
Download the PDF version: Icons of Style. For more information, contact us at library@ringling.org.

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American Moderns: Your Library Guide

American Moderns, 1910-1960: From O’Keeffe to Rockwell
June 14, 2013 – September 8, 2013
The Ringling

American ModernsThis exhibition presents fifty-seven artworks from the collection of the Brooklyn Museum in an exploration of the myriad ways in which American artists engaged with modernity. Ranging widely in subject matter and style, the fifty-three paintings and four sculptures were produced by leading artists of the day, including Georgia O’Keeffe, Milton Avery, Marsden Hartley, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Rockwell Kent, Joseph Stella, Elie Nadelman, and Norman Rockwell. Significant works by these and other artists in the exhibition exemplify their unique contributions to modern culture.


Click on the link to be taken to the Library catalog.

Armstrong, Tom, etc. 200 Years of American Sculpture. Boston: David R. Godine in association with the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1976.

Amason, H. H., and Elizabeth C. Mansfield.  History of Modern Art: painting, sculpture, architecture, photography. 6th ed.  Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Pearson, Prentice-Hall, 2010.

Baigell, Matthew. The   American scene: American painting of the 1930’s. New York: Praeger, 1974.

Carbone, Teresa A., ed. Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties. New York: Brooklyn Museum in association with Skira Rizzoli, 2011.

Contreras, Belisario R. Tradition and innovation in New Deal Art.  Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 1983.

Corn, Wanda M. The great American thing: Modern Art and National identity, 1915-1935. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999.

Cox, Neil. Cubism. London:  Phaidon, 2000.

Doss, Erika. Twentieth-Century American Art. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Fer, Briony, David Batchelor and Paul Wood.  Realism, rationalism, surrealism:  Art between the wars. New Haven: Yale University Press in association with the Open University, 1993.

Fitzgerald, Michael C.  Picasso and American Art. New York: Whitney Museum of American Art in association with Yale University Press, 2006.

Greenough, Sarah, ed. Modem Art and America: Alfred Stieglitz and his New York galleries. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art; Boston: Bulfinch Press, 2000.

Haskell, Barbara.  The American century: art and culture, 1900-1950. New York: Whitney Museum of American Art in association with W. W. Norton, 1999.

Hills, Patricia. Modern Art in the USA: issues and controversies of the 20th century. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2001.

Lane, John R., and Susan C. Larsen, eds. Abstract painting and sculpture in America, 1927-1944. Pittsburgh: Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute in association with Harry N. Abrams, 1983.

Levin, Gail and Marianne Lorenz. Theme and Improvisation: Kandinsky and the American Avant-Garde, 1912-1950. Boston: Little, Brown, 1992.

Lucie-Smith, Edward.  American realism.  London: Thames and Hudson, 2002.

Mecklenburg, Virginia M. The Patricia and Phillip Frost collection: American Abstraction, 1930-1945.  Washington, DC: Published for the National Museum of American Art by the  Smithsonian Institution Press, 1989.

Montclair Art Museum.  Precisionism in America, 1915-1941: Reordering Reality. New York: Harry N. Abrams in association with the Montclair Art Museum, 1994.

Sherry, Karen A.  American moderns, 1910-1960: from O’Keeffe to Rockwell.  New York: Pomegranate Communications, Inc., in collaboration with the Brooklyn Museum, 2012.

Stavitsky, Gail and Katherine Rothkopf, eds. Cézanne and American Modernism.  Montclair, NJ: Montclair Art Museum; Baltimore: Baltimore Museum of Art; New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009.

Electronic Resources                              

George Wesley Bellows: http://www.georgebellows.com/

Guy Pène du Bois: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSnjFSu7Gkg

Stuart Davis: http://www.moma.org/collection/artist.php?artist_id=1412

Arthur G. Dove: http://www.phillipscollection.org/research/american_art/bios/dove-bio.htm

Reginald Marsh: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJjEJTe4848 & http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/reginald-marsh-papers-9072/more

Grandma Moses (Anna Mary Robertson Moses): http://www.nmwa.org/explore/artist-profiles/grandma-moses-anna-mary-robertson-moses

Norman Rockwell: http://www.nrm.org/

Max Weber: http://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/weber_1.htm

Museum Resources                                 

Brooklyn Museum of Art

Delaware Museum of Art

Everson Museum of Art

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

The Ringling

For further assistance please contact us at library@ringling.org.
PDF: AmericanModernsSubjectGuide

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The Ringling Art Library Summer Internship Experience

Hello everyone!  This is Sarah Burris, The Ringling Art Library summer intern.   I recently received my Master of Library and Information Science degree with a specialization in Museum Studies from Kent State University (Kent, Ohio).  I also have my Master of Fine Arts from the same university.  Having grown up in Florida, I have enjoyed being back in the sunshine especially in such beautiful surroundings!  My internship has consisted of a variety of fun projects: interlibrary loan, reference, collection development, digitization of rare John Ringling library portfolios, and planning ROAR! pre-story time activities.

Here are images of me leading the ROAR! group (click on image):


I have really enjoyed digitizing the John Ringling rare portfolios.  I made several interesting discoveries. Both portfolios are available to view. While researching Peinture decorative : Panneaux executés dans les ateliers de Arthur Martin et reproduits par la photographie, the biggest challenge was finding Arthur Martin.  Arthur Martin (1801–1856) is attached to the cataloging information; however the portfolio was published 26 years after his death.  The two Arthur Martins were coincidentally both 19th century French artists.  Arthur Martin (1801-1856) was a Jesuit priest whose designs were medieval in stylization and largely religious.  The whimsical Neo-Louis XIV illustrations simply did not match up.  I finally located that the Arthur Martin Studio was based in Paris, France and in operation from 1860 to 1914 (Sue Kerry’s Neo-Classicism to Pop).  These illustrations would have been used to create decorative wall panel illustrations.

By happenstance, while researching Dessins applicable à l’email, aux vitraux, aux arts ceramiques, etc. par Grandhomme, peintre-émailleur I discovered that a bracelet painted by Paul Victor Grandhomme matched an illustration within the portfolio.  The portfolio includes an illustrated plate of Diana the huntress, visible on previous post.  Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Paris, France) houses Bracelet Diane (1883) in their permanent collection.  The four sequential images at the bottom of the portfolio illustration correlate to the painted enamel of Bracelet Diane.

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Diana the huntress

The 10-week summer internship at The Ringling Art Library has been a truly rewarding experience working with great mentors, building new skill sets, learning how The Ringling operates as a whole, and developing friendships.  I am very sad that this is the last week!

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The John Ringling Library : Rare Paul Grandhomme Portfolio

Dessins applicable à l’email, aux vitraux, aux arts ceramiques, etc. par Grandhomme, peintre-émailleur.

Published:  Paris: A. Calavas, 1884
Contains 12 illustrated plates
Bequest of John Ringling, 1936

Diana The Huntress
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Dessins applicable à l’email, aux vitraux, aux arts ceramiques, etc. par Grandhomme, peintre-émailleur

Dessins applicable à l’email, aux vitraux, aux arts ceramiques, etc. par Grandhomme, peintre-émailleur is part of the John Ringling library collection at The Ringling Art Library, and the second oversized portfolio from the collection to be digitized.  According to WorldCat, The Ringling Art Library has the only cataloged copy. Dessins applicable à l’email, aux vitraux, aux arts ceramiques, etc. par Grandhomme, peintre-émailleur has recently had conservation work to the plates and portfolios.  The portfolio contains 12 illustrations applicable to enamel, stained glass, and ceramic arts by Paul Victor Grandhomme.  Paul Grandhomme (1851 – 1944) is most widely recognized for his skill as a French enamel painter in the late 19th and early 20th century.  Among his talents include Grandhomme’s tender depiction of mythological subjects and portraiture (Chishom, 367).

Enamel has a similar composition as glass when fused to metal, such as copper, through a heating process at high temperatures.  Enamel returned to fashion in the latter half of the 19th century pulling from medieval and Renaissance enamel processes (The New International Encyclopædia, 716).  In correlation to enamel returning to fashion, Renaissance Revival decorative arts also returned to fashion in Paris post-1840 (Campell, 265).  Grandhomme worked primarily in the Limoges School Revival manner following the Limoges painterly stylization of enamel portraiture originating in the Renaissance (Speel, 69).

Pierre Calmettes, artist/writer, provides a compelling description of Paul Grandhomme’s creative process within his 1903 article “La Pognée:  a new artistic society in Paris.” Grandhomme’s small Parisian flat was his workshop where he utilized the dining room area as his primary work space and the kitchen furnaces for baking the enamel.

“Preparing his pieces by means of drawings and sculpture, M. Grandhomme, in executing, employs a process which is all his own, his semi-transparent enamels giving a solidity of modeling to the flesh of his figures which cannot be obtained by the old methods of using translucent enamels (Calmettes, 538).”

Paul Grandhomme collaborated with several notable metalsmiths and enamellers including Alphonse Fouquet, Lucien Falize, Alfred Garnier, Jules Brateau, and Gustave Moreau.  Examples of completed collaborations are housed in institutions such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Musée d’Orsay (Paris), and Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Paris).

If you would like to explore additional images of completed work by Paul Grandhomme:
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Musée des Arts Décoratifs


Dessins applicable à l’email, aux vitraux, aux arts ceramiques, etc. par Grandhomme, peintre-émailleur.  Paris:  A. Calavas, 1884.

Calmettes, Pierre.  “La Pognée:  a new artistic society in Paris.” The Architectural Record:  A Monthly Magazine of Architecture and the Allied Arts and Crafts.  Vol. 13.  New York:  The Architectural Record Co., 1903.

Campbell, Gordon ed.  The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts. Vol 2, p. 265 New York, N.Y. : Oxford University Press, 2006.

Chishom, Hugh.  The Encyclopædia Britannica:  A dictionary of arts, sciences, literature and general information. Vol 9: Edwardes to Evangelical Association, p. 367. New York:  The Encyclopædia Britannica Company, 1910.

Fisher, Alexander.  “Portraits in Enamel.” The International Studio:  An Illustrated Magazine of Fine and Applied Art.  Vol 37. New York: New York Offices of the International Studio, 1909.

Speel, Erika.  Dictionary of Enamelling:  History and Techniques.  Brookfield, Vt. : Ashgate Publishing Limited, 1998.

Digitization of Dessins applicable à l’email, aux vitraux, aux arts ceramiques, etc. par Grandhomme, peintre-émailleur and correlating research has been completed by Ringling Art Library summer intern, Sarah Burris.

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The John Ringling Library: Rare Arthur Martin Portfolio

Peinture decorative : Panneaux executés dans les ateliers de Arthur Martin et reproduits par la photographie

Published: Paris: Ducher & Cie. 1882.
Contains 12 illustrated plates
Bequest of John Ringling, 1936


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Peinture decorative : Panneaux executés dans les ateliers de Arthur Martin et reproduits par la photographie

Peinture decorative : Panneaux executés dans les ateliers de Arthur Martin et reproduits par la photographie is part of the John Ringling library collection at The Ringling Art Library. After his death, the portfolio was found in John Ringling’s walk-in closet on top of a bookshelf stacked with other oversized portfolios located in his personal office in Ca’d’Zan.

Sarah Burris, museum library intern for summer 2013, has begun digitizing portfolios from the John Ringling library collection. She chose to digitize Peinture decorative : panneaux executés dans les ateliers de Arthur Martin et reproduits par la photographie in part because that there are only three copies cataloged through Worldcat– The Ringling Museum of Art Library (Sarasota, FL US), Sächsische Landesbibliothek (Dresden, Germany), National Art Library Victoria and Albert Museum (London, UK). Digitization not only preserves the illustrated pages from future wear and tear, but it also allows for increased public accessibility. The book is now in the public domain having been published in 1882 and the copyright has not been renewed. The main reason she chose Peinture decorative for digitization is because the whimsical imagery from Arthur Martin’s Studio is simply too delightful not to be shared.

Peinture decorative contains twelve reproduced photographic plates of decorative mural illustrations on Bristol board. The panels were designed by the Arthur Martin Studio based in Paris, France, which was in operation from 1860 to 1914 (Kerry, 170). The Arthur Martin Studio produced Neo-Classical, also known as Neo-Louis XVI or French Third Republic, designs for decorative textiles, wallpapers, and paintings. Arthur Martin designs were popular in the late 19th century, especially patterns for woven silks produced by several large textile manufacturing companies including Maison Grand Frères and Mathevon et Vouvard (Kerry, 170). Examples of the woven designs are housed in renowned textile collections such as the Musée des Tissues (Lyon, France), Cummersdale Design Collection, and The Art Institute of Chicago.

This portfolio features six figures each representing the arts, the four seasons, and two decorative paintings for the top of a piano. The six allegorical female figures depict dance, music, painting, sculpture, lyric poetry, and astronomy. Putti iconography, vases with flowers, ornaments and architectural motifs often reoccur within the Arthur Martin designs (Bouzard, 63). The decorative paintings for the piano were commissioned by Monsieur Henri-August Fordinois (1830-1907), a Neo-Louis XVI furniture maker.

If you would like to explore additional images of work designed by the Arthur Martin Studio:

The Art Institute of Chicago
Lelievre Paris Fabric Collection
Cummersdale Design Collection Brochure


Bouzard, Marie. La Soierie Lyonnaise du XVIIIe au XXe siècle dans les collections du musée des Tissues de Lyon. Lyon: Ed. Lyonnaises d’art et d’histoire : Société des Amis des musées de la Chambre de commerce, 1997.

Cercle de la librairie. Bibliographie de la France – Journal Général de l’imprimerie et de la librarie. Paris, France: Cercle de la librairie, 1881.

Kerry, Sue. Neo-Classicism to Pop: Part I – Late 18th & 19th Century Textiles. Easthampton, MA: Francesca Galloway, 2007.

Martin, A. Peinture décorative : Panneaux executés dans les ateliers de Arthur Martin et reproduits par la photographie. Paris: Ducher & Cie, 1882.

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July 24th 2013: Friends of the Library FREE event

dodosanddarklanternsThe Friends of The Ringling Art Library present a FREE lecture on a brand new book chronicling the history of the first public museum in Great Britain, The Ashmolean. David Berry will discuss his new book, Dodos and Dark Lanterns, how the book came together, and why this history is so important to museum’s today. This lecture is on July 24th from 10:30-12:00pm at The Ringling Education Center, Classroom 1003 & requires no museum admission.
David did his doctorate on the history of collections at the University of Oxford.  He has worked as a curator at Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum, where he was responsible for the founding collection and historic archive.  For the last two years, he has been preparing a new history of the Ashmolean, which tells the story of the first public museum through objects from its collections, past and present. He is currently The Ringling’s Assistant Director of Research, Education & Publications.

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