William Michael Harnett Works Online
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Original works by William Michael Harnett available for purchase at art galleries worldwidePaintings in Museums and Public Art Galleries Worldwide:
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Dallas Museum of Art, Texas NEW!
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William Michael Harnett at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan
American Exchange, 1878
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco NEW!
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City NEW!
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston NEW!
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. NEW!
Includes a biography of the artist
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. NEW!
William Harnett and Trompe l'Oeil Painting
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
Music and Literature, 1878
Allen Art Museum at Oberlin College, Ohio
Amon Carter Museum, Texas
Brandywine River Museum, Pennsylvania
Brooklyn Museum, New York City
Brooklyn Museum/Luce Center for American Art, New York City
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Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio NEW!
The Last Rose of Summer, 1886
Lobster And Le Figaro, 1882
Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio
Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine
The Professor's Old Friends, 1891
For a Pipe Smoker, 1877
Harvard University Art Museums, Massachusetts
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
Still Life with Bust of Dante, 1883
Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska
Le Figaro, 1880
William Michael Harnett in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Database
New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut
Still Life With Violin, 1886
Orlando Museum of Art, Florida
Still Life with Pipe, Newspaper & Tobacco Pouch
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia
Philadelphia Museum of Art
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3 works by William Michael Harnett online
Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Job Lot Cheap, 1878
San Diego Museum of Art, California NEW!
William Michael Harnett at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, Washington D.C.
The Huntington Library, California
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid
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Materials for a Leisure Hour, 1879
Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio
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University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Connecticut
The Faithful Colt
Wichita Art Museum, Kansas
National Art Databases and Museum Inventories:
Smithsonian American Art Museum National Art Inventories
List of works nationwide from two sources: the Inventory of American Paintings Executed before 1914 and the Inventory of American Sculpture (only a few percent of listings have an accompanying image)
(e.g. records of past sales at auction; sites providing examples of the artist's signature)
Artarchiv Sample Artist SignaturesPictures from Image Archives:
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Christie's Past Sale Archive
(database goes as far back as 1991; images go about as far back as 1999)
Sotheby's Sold Lot Archive
(database goes as far back as 1998; images where permitted by copyright go about as far back as 2001)
William Michael Harnett at The Art Renewal CenterMiscellaneous Sites:
William Michael Harnett at The Artchive
William Michael Harnett at The Athenaeum
81 works online by Harnett
Wikimedia Commons Image Database
Bildindex der Kunst und Architektur (in German)
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California State University WorldImages Database
William Michael Harnett at CGFA
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Peter Nahum At The Leicester Galleries, London, UKArticles and Reference Sites:
Archive of past displayed works which are "sold" or "not for sale"
Why We Think Nature is Beautiful
Illustrated article by Eugene C. Hargrove
Encyclopedia Britannica complete article on William Michael Harnett
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Union List of Artist Names (Getty Museum)
Reference sheet with basic information about the artist and pointers to other references.
Antiques & Fine Art Magazine
A Royal Dessert, 1881
Oxford Dictionary of Art (eNotes)
"A Reliable Bag of Tricks", 1992 article by Robert Hughes