The Gag Family
German-Bohemian Artists in America
by Julie L’Enfant
Dimensions: 10.5″ x 7.75″ , 204 pages, 200 color and b/w illustrations
RICH IN VISUAL RECORDS—paintings, drawings, and photographs,The Gag Family explores and celebrates one family’s remarkable cultural journey from Bohemia to the American Midwest to New York and beyond. After settling in the Minnesota frontier town of New Ulm in 1879, German-Bohemian immigrant Anton Gag established himself as an artist and begat a family business. His oldest daughter and protege, Wanda, made her reputation in New York as a printmaker and children’s book author and illustrator. Her younger sister, Flavia, was a prolific writer, illustrator, and painter. Using heretofore unavailable family papers and newly discovered documents, The Gag Family traces the influences of European family traditions on the art of these enterprising artists and places them in the context of American art.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Julie L’Enfant’s publications on art include articles and reviews in a number of journals and three books, William Rossetti’s Art Criticism: The Search for Truth in Victorian Art (University Press of America); OTHER REALITIES: The Art of Paul S. Kramer (Afton Press); THE GAG FAMILY: German-Bohemian Artists in America (Afton Press); and PIONEER MODERNISTS: Minnesota’s First Generation of Women Artists (Afton Press). Both THE GAG FAMILY and PIONEER MODERNISTS won prestigious Minnesota Book Awards.
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