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Nov 14, 2012
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A Love for the Beautiful
Discovering America's Hidden Art Museums
ISBN: 978-0-7627-7950-5 Pub Date: 11/06/2012
$19.95 Paperback Pages: 288

Discover the hidden gems of America’s fine art museums

Some of the country’s best art is hidden in plain sight, in museums largely unknown outside their regions. How works by masters like Rembrandt, Rodin, Picasso, and O'Keeffe wound up where they did is a colorful tale of American art collecting. It’s the story of patrician families who acquired masterworks, self-made millionaires who used their business savvy to outbid rivals, and prescient collectors who championed new artists and neglected genres. Each of the fifty museums profiled in this book offers a uniquely personal, intimate art-viewing experience. 



“What a wonderful book this is for art lovers of every stripe—a guide to top-tier collections around the United States that are hiding in plain sight. From cowboy art to pre-Columbian, Boucher to Braque, it can all be found at the 50 lesser-known museums that star in A Love for the Beautiful. Susan Jaques’ lively guide will prompt hours of enjoyable browsing—as well as dreams of a cross-country art tour. I’ll start mine at the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden in New Orleans.” —Annalyn Swan, Pulitzer prize–winning coauthor of de Kooning: An American Master

“Susan Jaques has produced an informative, accessible guide to the fascinating mosaic of America’s art museums. Chock full of history, beautifully descriptive, and always engaging, this work will introduce art lovers (and art lovers to be) to many undiscovered riches.” —Dewey Blanton, director of Strategic Communications, American Association of Museums


Happily, not all of the world's most distinguished art is found at The Met, MOMA, or the Prado. Private collectors often bequeath their artifacts to much lesser-known locales, to the great benefit of their visitors. This lovely book identifies and describes those special places around the country where it's still possible to be alone in a room with a masterpiece, contemporary or ancient. The Colby College Museum of Art, in Maine, and The Kemper, in Kansas City, Missouri, are just two stand-out small museums recommend. ––ForeWord

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Susan Jaques, art and travel writer, crisscrossed the country in search of extraordinary museums for her debut book, A Love for the Beautiful: Discovering America’s Hidden Art Museums. With a background in journalism and training in art, Susan’s special passion is for unique art experiences that are off the beaten path. She’s a gallery docent at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Visit her website at