Published in August 2012 by London-based company D. Giles Limited, specialists in beautifully designed books for museums, Impressions of Interiors: Gilded Age Paintings by Walter Gayincludes color illustrations of the 69 works included in the exhibition.
The 222-page lavishly-illustrated catalogue examines Walter Gay’s life and work, including: his life in Paris; the influence of his wife, Matilda Travers; the role of collecting and collectors in his “portraits of rooms;” the Rococo revival of the early twentieth-century; and Gay’s place amongst other artists of the period and in the history of interior imagery. Main author Isabel L. Taube writes on Walter Gay’s Poetic Rooms, and also wrote the entries for the catalogue section of the publication , which organizes Walter Gay’s work by residence—including sections on each of the Gay’s own residences, as well as other homes Walter Gay was commissioned to paint in Europe and America. Contributing author Priscilla Vail Caldwell writes on the enduring appeal of Walter Gay in her essay Passionate Collectors: Walter Gay and his Patrons, while decorative arts expert Nina Gray focuses on interior decoration and the Rococo revival in America in her essay Gracious Living: The Interior Decoration of Walter Gay and His Circle. Frick Director of Curatorial Affairs Sarah Hall writes on the three paintings in our collection in her contribution Walter Gay’s Work at the Frick Residence in New York: A Case Study. All the catalogue authors are scheduled for a panel discussion at the Frick on the exhibition’s opening weekend.