William Michael Harnett art links 


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William Michael Harnett: My Gems, 1888
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William Michael Harnett

[Irish-born American Painter, 1848-1892]

• Subject matter:  Specializes in Still Life/Trompe L'Oeil.
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Original works by William Michael Harnett available for purchase at art galleries worldwide
Paintings in Museums and Public Art Galleries Worldwide:
Notable SiteArt Institute of Chicago   NEW!

Notable SiteDallas Museum of Art, Texas   NEW!
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Notable SiteWilliam Michael Harnett at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan
American Exchange, 1878

Notable SiteFine Arts Museums of San Francisco   NEW!

Notable SiteMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York City   NEW!  

Notable SiteMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston   NEW!

Notable SiteNational Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.   NEW!
Includes a biography of the artist

Notable SiteNational Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.   NEW!
William Harnett and Trompe l'Oeil Painting

Notable SiteNational 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
Meerschaum Pipe

Amon Carter Museum, Texas
Attention, Company!

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)

Art Market:
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Artarchiv Sample Artist Signatures
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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)

Pictures from Image Archives:
Notable SiteWilliam Michael Harnett at The Art Renewal Center

Notable SiteWilliam Michael Harnett at The Artchive  

Notable SiteWilliam Michael Harnett at The Athenaeum  
81 works online by Harnett

Notable SiteWikimedia 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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Miscellaneous Sites:
Peter Nahum At The Leicester Galleries, London, UK
Archive of past displayed works which are "sold" or "not for sale"

Why We Think Nature is Beautiful
Illustrated article by Eugene C. Hargrove

Articles and Reference Sites:
Notable SiteEncyclopedia Britannica complete article on William Michael Harnett  
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Notable SiteUnion 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)  

Time Magazine
"A Reliable Bag of Tricks", 1992 article by Robert Hughes

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Harnett: The Banker's Table
The Banker's Table

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William Michael Harnett: Old Refrain
Old Refrain

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Still Life, Ease
Still Life, Ease

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Still Life of Pipe Tobacco and Matches
Still Life of Pipe Tobacco and Matches

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My Gems
My Gems

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Old Models
Old Models

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