Artists In Their Studios: Images from The Smithsonian's Archives of American Art by Liza Kirwin with Joan Lord is a 191-page hardcover published by Collins Design, An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2007, stated first edition. The dust jacket is missing. Light staining to the hard cover. Else, pages are clean.
For centuries, artists' studios have occupied a place of romance and mystery in the popular imagination. As fictionalized in literature, opera, and film, the artist's studio has been variously portrayed as both a den of debauchery and a chapel of divine inspiration, the backdrop for lively social interaction and a place of overwhelming solitude. But as most of the images in this volume demonstrate, the studio is first and foremost the site of artistic labor.
In this fascinating survey of photographs, carefully culled from the thousands of such images housed in the collections of the Smithsonian's Archived of American Art, we are afforded an insider's view of artists at work in settings both splendid and humble. These artistic mise-en-scenes are rich with information, revealing everything from economic status to the details of the artistic process.ISBN 13: 978-0-06-115012-8