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Occasional Papers Series

The Freer Gallery of Art Occasional Papers, published intermittently since 1947, present peer-reviewed research on a wide range of topics in Asian, ancient Near Eastern, Islamic, and American art history. Like their sister publication, the journal Ars Orientalis, the Occasional Papers are intended for a specialist readership. The format of the Occasional Papers varies according to subject and may include monographs, conference proceedings, multi-author treatments of material or theme, and studies in conservation and scientific research.


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Pigments in Later Japanese Paintings

Elisabeth West FitzHugh, John Winter, and Marco Leona. 2003.

Presented in this volume are two separate but related studies of the pigments used in Japanese paintings, primarily (but not exclusively) based on examples from the Freer collection. FitzHugh constructs a database of seventeen pigments identified from scientific research carried out over nearly two decades, which involved the analysis of five hundred Japanese ukiyo-e paintings from the Freer. Winter and Leona focus on two specific pigments, indigo and Prussian blue, examining their appearance in 139 paintings.



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James McNeill Whistler in Context. Essays from the Whistler Centenary Symposium,University of Glasgow, 2003

Edited by Lee Glazer, Margaret F. McDonald, Linda Merrill, and Nigel Thorp. 2008.

Thirteen essays by a distinguished group of international scholars explore Whistler’s aesthetic vision and interpretive communities. Topics include Whistler’s place in the historiography of modernism; his international reach and diverse social arenas; personal correspondence; and contemporary critical writing about the artist and his work.



Stay tuned for the next volume of the Freer Occasional Papers: The Look of the Book, a study of fourteenth- and fifteenth-century illustrated Persian manuscripts, by Elaine Wright, curator of the Islamic collections at the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin.