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, Picasso, Hokusai and O'Keeffe wound up where they did is a colorful tale of American art collecting. Richly illustrated with over 200 full-color photographs, A Love for the Beautiful: Discovering America's Hidden Art Museums is the perfect guide for art and travel lovers..
Praise for A Love for the Beautiful: Discovering America’s Hidden Art Museums
"Jaques not only sets the scene for each institution, but also delves into the human element behind the collections, quite often the collectors and/or curators whose vision made dreams of a gallery into reality. Those stories are as much a highlight of each institution as the helpful “Not to Miss” feature that Jaques the incurable docent helpfully provides...Regardless of whether you’re a college student, an ardent gallery-goer, or just curious, follow Susan Jaques’ example and either read A Love for the Beautiful: Discovering America’s Hidden Art Museums to discover what’s out there, or just look around where you are now and see the art that’s quietly been waiting for you all along." -- Bob Duggan, bigthink.com
"What a wonderful book this is for art lovers of every stripe—a guide to top-tier collections around the U.S. 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 co-author 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, Strategic Communications, American Association of Museums