Long before the era of digital media, the catalogue raisonné evolved as a virtual art museum to house the oeuvre of a single artist. Such scholarly tomes are known by the French adjective meaning a ‘reasoned’ catalogue, implying a tool for making sense. Thus by assembling each work with precise details on medium, dating, and provenance, an artist’s career can be fully understood and any attribution can be tested.
Mirrors and a dark, brilliant imagination
Bea Maddock: Catalogue Raisonné Volume I 1951–1983
edited by Daniel Thomas
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, $99 hb, 302 pp, 9780977595563
Ann Stephen is Senior Curator at the University Art Gallery and University Art Collection, The University of Sydney. She has worked for...
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