The Wadsworth Atheneums remarkable collection of 20th-century art is due to a succession of adventurous directors and curators. This volume showcases the museums holdings and provides details about their acquisition. works by Matisse, Picasso, Ernst, de Chirico and mounted the first Surrealist exhibition in America, leading to the acquisition of works by Miro, Dali, Magritte and others.
Austins successor, Charles Cunningham, added works by Stanley Spencer, Henry Moore, Maillol, and Marini. During the late 20th century, examples of American modernists and expressionists such as Georgia OKeeffe, Arthur Dove, Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock have also been acquired. context of the issues and themes of modernism and surrealism, while Eric Zafran explores Austins exceptional contacts with the key figures.